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August 15, 2014VOLUME 94 | ISSUE 25 | 7 5
ENGLEWOOD HERALD(ISSN 1058-7837) (USPS 176-680)
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Six city manager nalists chosen Final decision expected by Aug. 22 Sta report
Although members of the Englewood
City Council had said there would be only fi ve fi nalists for the city manager position, they announced six names on Aug. 7 all from out of state.
They are: Mary Lou Brown, current city ad-
ministrator of the City of Grand Island, Neb. She holds a masters degree in -nance from Creighton University.
Timothy Ray Hacker, interim parks and recreation director of the City of Las Vegas and former city manager of North Las Vegas. He holds a masters of public administration from Southern Illinois University.
Eric A. Keck, chief operating of cer of Ground Force Worldwide in Post Falls, Idaho, and former city administrator of Post Falls. He holds an MPA from the University of Dayton.
James R. Nichols most recently served as assistant city manager of the City of Midland, Texas. He holds a mas-ters in environmental engineering from the University of Connecticut.
Steven P. Norwood, current city manager of the City of Round Rock, Tex-as. He holds a masters in urban affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Roy T. Witherow, current assistant village manager of Lake Zurich, Ill. He holds an MPA from Northern Illinois University.
The candidates were interviewed by city council on Aug. 11, and a public re-ception was held that evening for com-munity leaders and members of the gen-eral public to meet the candidates and provide feedback to council.
Council then met in executive session on Aug. 12 to discuss the candidates, and expects to announce the fi nal decision by Aug. 22.
Following current City Manager Gary Sears announcement in March that he will retire at the end of August, council hired Slavin Management Consultants to conduct a nationwide search for his replacement. More than 100 candidates applied for the position. The fi eld was narrowed to 13 fi nalists, and during an executive session on July 14, council se-lected the fi nal six candidates.
Since then, the consulting fi rm has been conducting background checks and additional reviews on them.The candidates resumes are posted on the citys website, www.englewoodgov.org, under the Inside City Hall tab on the top of the homepage. Once that tab is open click on the Hot Topics tab.
A fun time was had by all of the hundreds of folks who turned out for Englewoods annual FunFest at Belleview Park on Aug. 9. This years activities included a rock-climbing wall, bungee jumping, bounce houses, miniature train rides, fi eld games and entertainment throughout the day. There was also lots of artistic fun with The Museo de las Americas, Keep Englewood Beautiful, the Englewood Cultural Arts Commission and the Denver International School. The little ones had a great time traversing the park on the miniature train, a perennial favorite, and wading in the creek.
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER SMITH
TJ Harris takes one for the team the Englewood girls softball team, that is. The dunk tank was a fundraiser for the team Aug. 9 during FunFest at Belleview Park.
ABOVE: The miniature train at Belleview Park has been a kid favorite for generations. BELOW: The Englewood Fire Department clown amazed and amused the little ones with balloon art Aug. 9 as part of Englewoods annual FunFest.
And well have fun, fun, fun...
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Talk puts fracking front and centerHickenlooper says panel seeking compromise will be his responsibility By Vic Vela email@example.com
Gov. John Hickenlooper said last week that he will be the one who selects the members of a task force that will be charged with fi nding a compromise on is-sues surrounding hydraulic fracturing.
The governor also addressed concerns on the part of Republicans that the com-missions work could result in more regula-tions on the oil and gas industry.
Hickenlooper talked about fracking during an Aug. 8 roundtable event with several business leaders at the South Met-ro Denver Chamber of Commerce in Cen-tennial, as well as during an interview with Colorado Community Media afterward.
The governor said his administration hasnt quite fi gured out how the 18-mem-ber commission will be selected or how it will ultimately operate. But the governor put aside any question as to who will put the task force together.
People ask me, `Whos gonna pick em? I am, Hickenlooper said. The buck stops here and I guarantee you were going to have everybody pissed off again. The one criteria is that everyone who is going to be on that list is someone who believes we can get to a yes (on a compromise).
The task force was born out of a deal the governor reached with Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis earlier in the week that will keep anti-fracking initiatives that Polis was backing from appearing on the November ballot.
The measures would have required greater distances between wells and oc-cupied structures and would have given communities more control over fracking the process in which water and chemi-cals are blasted into the ground to free up trapped oil and gas.
Remarks in spotlightHickenlooper and the oil and gas indus-
try were fearful that the initiatives would essentially ban fracking in Colorado and cripple the states economy.
Instead of the voters, it will be the task force that will take up those issues and that
will provide recommendations for poten-tial legislation to the General Assembly.
But Republican lawmakers are already feeling uneasy about the commission. And their concerns were heightened following comments Hickenlooper made during an energy summit in Denver earlier in the week.
According to the Associated Press, Hickenlooper said the task forces suc-cess is dependent upon it ending in regu-lation. That comment didnt sit well with House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland.
We should go into it from the premise that the commission take a look at whether we actually need regulations, DelGrosso said in an interview prior to the governors Chamber of Commerce event. Hes start-ing with the premise that its going to be set up to regulate.
Hickenlooper, in an interview with Col-orado Community Media, insisted thats not what he said, even though he made his comments in front of a group of reporters.
What I said was legislation, the gover-nor said. Go back and look at the quotes. I never said we needed more regulation. Now, we might. Again, this is the whole point of getting people from all the differ-ent viewpoints in the same room and let-ting them have a discussion in such a way to try to fi gure out: `Is there a compromise here?
Hickenlooper said he would like to see the task forces effort result in some kind of legislation, even if its merely taking exist-ing regulation and codifying it.
Unless we get it into legislation, I mean we would have made progress, even if we just discuss it we will have made progress, he said during the interview. But I think that the best success will be if we get to some level of legislation.
Hickenlooper said the commission will have a narrow focus, one that he hopes will result in work getting done in a timely manner.
Were not going to be out there talking about air quality; were not going to be out there talking about water quality, he said. Were really going to look into surface use issues, a very narrow set of issues to talk about.
From 48 to 18The governor said there were different
opinions among his staff regarding the makeup of the commission, including an initial suggestion that the task force have 48 members.
The governor believes that an 18-mem-ber commission will have the appropriate balance of interests being considered.
The idea is theres six spots for the oil and gas industry, but that would include pro-industry sides like home builders and agricultural interests, he said during the roundtable forum. There should be six from the local control and the environ-mental side of things ... And th