Bayfields search for a new town manager took a step closer to completion Monday with the announcement of the final five candidates.
The search will fill the spot left vacant by former Town Manager Justin Clifton, who stepped down March 18 to travel around the world.
Bob Ledger, Durangos former city manager, signed a three-month contract to hold Cliftons post until Bayfield hires a new town manager.
Town Clerk Marianne Jones said the Town Board and staff members will assess the candidates through interview panels on May 20 and will make their decision shortly afterward.
The town hopes to offer the job after the first round of interviews, but if town trustees are unable to find a good fit, theyll go back out and interview again, Jones said.
A community reception will be held for the candidates at Town Hall from 5-6:30 p.m. May 19.
These are the candidates:
b Robert Knight is the current town administrator for Parachute, where he has served since 2008. A former police commander, Knight has more than 24 years of public administration experience.
b Chris LaMay spent the last seven years as the town administrator in Elizabeth.
LaMay also served as a budget analyst for Adams County and an intern in the city managers office in Tucson, Ariz.
LaMay was the special projects coordinator in Crested Butte.
b John Lyons formerly served as town manager of Mancos and assistant town manager of Erie. Lyons most recently served as the Main Street and economic development director for the city of Monte Vista.
b Ron Tate, the automation project coordinator for Tri-Star Construction in Ignacio, has experience as a chemist and private sector business owner.
He owns Water Solutions in Bayfield and has been involved as a citizen in drafting the La Plata County Comprehensive Plan as well as the Climate and Energy Action Plan.
b Thomas Yennerell has served as the town administrator of Mancos since 2007.
He is the former town manager of West Rutland, Vt., and he has experience as a business owner in the private sector. Yennerell was an elected official in Pittsfield, Vt.