Former Park City manager praises likely successor as City Hall’s top staffer
Former Park City Manager Diane Foster said the City Hall staffer selected as the interim city manager is talented and qualified to become the permanent city manager, a scenario that appears likely.
Matt Dias, who was the assistant city manager under Foster, arrived at City Hall in 2013. A City Hall release in early October announcing the departure of Foster indicated Mayor Andy Beerman and the Park City Council have confidence in Dias and plan to talk to him about the permanent position.
Foster described Dias as “super smart” and “really talented.” Park City would be lucky if he is hired as the permanent city manager, she said.
“I say that as a resident,” Foster said.
She said she involved Dias in the broad municipal duties and said his assignments included high-profile topics like the acquisition of the Treasure acreage for conservation purposes. Foster described a “shared power” relationship between herself and Dias.
“It wasn’t that I was more important than him,” Foster said.
Dias spent time in government work in Washington, D.C., and then in the municipal government of the Boston suburb of Somerville, Massachusetts, before he was hired as the assistant city manager in Park City. Foster herself immediately preceded Dias as the assistant Park City manager and hired him for the post after her promotion to the city manager’s office.
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