Summit County Manager Tom Fisher’s last day of work will be Friday, July 29. He resigned from his position after being named general manager of Frisco, CO. Janna Young, who served as deputy director for more than four years, accepted the offer to step in until a new director was appointed.
County human resources director David Warnock said he believes Fisher’s first replacement could be in place in November.
Warnock told the board that he has already contacted some executive search firms to find out what services they provide and how much they cost. For a full-fledged recruitment, the cost, he says, could be as high as $30,000, including finalists’ travel expenses. The price would drop to around $10,000 for a recruiting firm to find all possible candidates and simply forward those names to the county.
County council members have said they are in favor of the higher tier of service, but it will be a decision to be made by a five-to-nine-member community selection committee that could be appointed as early as the council’s next meeting on 27 July.
The county will shortly post a notice for those interested in applying for the selection committee. Board members and staff can also make suggestions as to who they think should be on this committee.
One issue the council will have to decide on, Warnock said, is whether the county offers the new superintendent a housing allowance.
“When I contacted the search firms, the first question that came out of each of the five I contacted was whether the county provided a housing allowance or a house for this position. told me, each told me separately, that it would be very difficult at the salary level we had discussed with them to find candidates on the market with the cost of housing as it is.
Summit County Attorney Margaret Olson suggested the county could consider qualified applicants who already live here.
“Our community is unique in so many ways,” Olson said. “One of them is that we have a very educated constituency. The people who already live here have qualifications. Why not open it without a national search or a search agency, open the post and see if anyone applying already lives here, and then we wouldn’t need to provide any housing allowance. »
But board member Roger Armstrong said the job is about more than being educated and having some kind of CEO experience.
You can also be money and money wise,” Armstrong said. “I’m pretty educated, I couldn’t make it to a county manager job. I don’t have code or finance or any of the other special jobs that people in county administration and the city government have. So you could have someone who’s been the CEO of Coca Cola for 20 years. I’m not sure they’ll be what you want for a county manager and to save the cost of a grant to housing.
Council Chairman Chris Robinson said the county might consider at some point if they wanted to get into the real estate business and buy a house. He noted that even outgoing director Tom Fisher mentioned to him that the county should provide housing for his replacement, given searches for other positions in the county. Several candidates withdrew from the recruitment process when they learned that housing was not part of the salary package.