Two prominent Park City staffers plan retirements in 2016 |

Two prominent Park City staffers plan retirements in 2016

Phyllis Robinson, who is the community and public affairs manager at City Hall, and Craig Sanchez, the municipal government’s community engagement liaison and previously the golf course manager, plan to retire in 2016. Robinson plans to build a chocolate company she founded while Sanchez intends to move to Moab.
Jay Hamburger/Park Record

Phyllis Robinson, the community and public affairs manager at City Hall, has found a sweet new gig.

And Craig Sanchez, who remains best known for his past position as the longtime manager of the Park City Golf Course, will yell ‘Fore’ in red rocks country shortly.

The two Park City staffers, both well known in the community, plan to retire later in 2016.

Robinson departs the municipal ranks on Aug. 5 while Sanchez will leave on Oct. 3.

Robinson joined City Hall on a full-time basis in 2007 and held a contract with the municipal government for nearly full-time work before that. Robinson has a background in housing issues and once led the not-for-profit Mountainlands Community Housing Trust. She has been a key figure in City Hall’s housing programs since her arrival.

Robinson said she is pleased with the housing efforts over her time at City Hall, pointing to the development of the Snow Creek Cottages work force housing project. It was the municipal government’s most ambitious brick-and-mortar housing project at the time.

“It’s created a great neighborhood. It’s a great community there,” Robinson said.

Robinson said she is also happy with City Hall’s efforts to engage the community and encourage more Parkites to become involved in municipal processes through a variety of outreach methods such as workshops and surveys, something she calls “civic democracy.”

Robinson is 53 years old and has lived in Park City 20 years. She plans to remain in Park City and plans to build a chocolate company that she founded and owns called Tandem Chocolates. She started the company in honor of her late mother, a chocolatier.

Sanchez, meanwhile, has worked for Park City for 25 years – six years as a seasonal employee and the rest of the time as a full-time staffer. Most of his time in Park City was spent as the manager of the golf course, a public facility that is well regarded in the state. He is now the community engagement liaison for the municipal government, a position that works with Main Street and residents as City Hall projects are planned and then built.

Sanchez is 61 years old and plans to move to Moab shortly after his retirement with his wife, Kathy Kelly, who once worked for City Hall as well. Sanchez noted he worked for Park City during three mayoral administrations and under three city managers.

“Park City’s a special place. The people are special,” Sanchez said.

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