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Past and Present East Boulder County City Managers Vying for Open Erie Town Administrator Seat

November 29, 2018

Longmont Times-Call

Erie’s pick for a new town administrator will draw from a candidate pool that includes Superior Town Manager Matt Magley and former Louisville City Manager Malcolm Fleming, town officials revealed at a Tuesday evening study session.

The final candidates to succeed the recently ousted Arthur “A.J.” Krieger — which also include Castle Rock’s Deputy Town Manager Fritz Sprague and former South Lake Tahoe City Manager Nancy Kerry — were culled from across the country, Mayor Jennifer Carroll said.

The announcement comes only months after the town’s newly elected leadership in May fired Krieger and installed Farrell Buller as acting administrator, prompting criticism from a portion of the populace and at least two dissenting trustees.

In the intervening months, several staff members have left Erie to work for Krieger in Firestone, just 10 miles away.

Magley, who has worked in Superior’s government for the past 18 years (seven as town manager), got a glimpse of what might be to come if he hired in Erie when last month a United Kingdom-based energy firm unveiled plans to drill within Superior’s border. The decision drew an instant outcry from residents, echoing recent oil-and-gas-driven controversies in Erie.

Fleming exited his post in Louisville summer in 2017 after working for the city for roughly a decade; in 2016, he was named manager of the year by the Colorado City and County Management Association Awards Committee.

According to Castle Rock’s website, Sprague has worked with the town since 1999; prior to that, he held various top level positions in municipalities in Florida, Michigan and Colorado.

Kerry’s former city manager role in South Lake Tahoe — which she had held since 2012 — ended in march amid murky circumstances, according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune, which wrote that she resigned abruptly a month after she was placed on paid leave.

Carroll said Tuesday that the hope would be for the new town administrator to start around the start of the year.

Whoever is chosen likely will be charged with overseeing the town’s revamped approach to oil and gas, one that is slated to continue in the coming months ahead of the expiration of the town’s drilling moratorium.

As Erie continues to wade through its oil and gas reform — trustees recently approved a controversial operator agreement with driller Crestone Peak Resources — a new town administrator also likely will help shepherd the town’s latest development ambitions along Interstate 25.

Town leaders last month approved a $6.4 million deal for roughly 255 acres of land near the intersection of Erie Parkway and I-25, ushering in the town’s stake of the development boom playing out along the corridor. According to a master plan for the region, the land will be the site of large-scale retail, office space and high-density housing.

Over the course of three days next week, officials say they will hold a series of public engagement sessions revolving around the candidates, including a meet-and-greet with the finalists and public interviews before trustees make a hiring decision in a subsequent executive session.

Anthony Hahn: 303-473-1422, hahna@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/_anthonyhahn

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