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Montrose County on quickly monitor to fill manager slot points out previous manager’s payment | Area Information Stories

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Montrose County expects to identify finalists for the county manager occupation the 7 days of June 18, fewer than a month’s turnaround right after commissioners approved the resignation of Ken Norris.

The closing day for applications is June 16, according to an inner occupation putting up for the placement, and the predicted appointment day is July. Commissioners on Friday voted to write-up the formal job description, at a amount of fork out involving $5,000 and about $6,000, bi-weekly.

The timeline hinges on whether the commissioners can uncover the appropriately competent applicant from inside of Montrose County. If not, the look for will widen, Commissioner Keith Caddy claimed.

“We have a several interior candidates. I think there are 3 in the county that have the skills. We are heading to publish internally and go from there,” Caddy explained.

Least requirements are a master’s diploma in public administration, management or a connected field at least seven a long time of progressively responsible and advanced experience in area authorities management — with knowledge in a Colorado county staying a plus — as perfectly as specialized know-how about corporation, management and supervision at a general public administration stage.

Norris’ contract officially ended June 3, beneath what the county named a mutual settlement, but also referred to as a resignation, which Caddy and Commissioner Sue Hansen voted that day to take. (The 3rd commissioner, Roger Rash, was absent.)

Norris pretty much as speedily transitioned to his previous occupation as services director, the scope of which has now expanded to consist of construction administration. He will be paid out $125,000 a year, as well as rewards as the director of Facilities and Development.

His new position does not impact severance compensated out underneath the contract in location when he was supervisor. Norris received a year’s wage, $120,000, and advantages, as severance.

Which is considerably less than he will now make as amenities director, but that is mainly because his work contract as supervisor was last updated in 2016 Norris hadn’t received a strengthen in payment soon after that time, according to the county’s media relations manager, Katie Yergensen.

Caddy verified that info and also claimed the county is needed to honor the contract’s provisions with regard to severance.

“That deal was penned in advance of me and Roger (Rash) became commissioners. We just honored the contract. It was a contract provision. A agreement is a agreement,” Caddy stated.

He added that he did not have a trouble with the way Norris was undertaking his occupation as manager.

“I thought Ken was doing a good career,” Caddy explained.

As director of Montrose County Services and Development, Norris supplies specialized path, leadership and strategic course for the amenities division and is dependable for facility arranging, engineering, servicing and construction of structures and communication sites.

The operate includes producing plans and policies, as perfectly as figuring out staffing and spending budget needs for new and present courses and providers. Norris will work with commissioners and administration to build ideas for rework, style and design, servicing and building of county facilities.

As a accredited engineer who in his preceding work oversaw multi-million-greenback design with Colorado-Ute Electric Affiliation, and who also was manager of engineering for Russell Stover Candies, Norris is well skilled for the expanded county position, Yergensen stated.

As expansion booms, it is in the county’s ideal interest to have somebody well versed in development, who can look out for the county’s very best passions, she claimed: “(Norris) is the most well geared up to be in a position to manage that role.”

Katharhynn Heidelberg is the Montrose Everyday Press assistant editor and senior writer. Follow her on Twitter, @kathMDP.

Katharhynn Heidelberg is the Montrose Every day Push assistant editor and senior writer. Follow her on Twitter, @kathMDP.

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