Four finalists chosen in search for new county manager
The Summit County Council’s selection committee announced they have narrowed the search for a new county manager to four finalists, who will be visiting Park City this weekend.
With current Summit County Manager Bob Jasper’s tenure ending in less than two months, Human Resources Director Brian Bellamy said "the sooner the decision is made, the better." Jasper’s final day will be Dec. 17.
"I’m hoping the council will make a decision as early as next week," Bellamy said. "But at this point, I’m really pleased with how smoothly the process has gone."
The four finalists are: Regan Bolli, Thomas Fisher, John Patterson, and Jeff Rasmussen.
Bolli hails from Ephraim, Utah, where he is currently working as a consultant with Bolli Consulting and Development, according to a press release from the county’s Public and Community Affairs Coordinator Julie Booth. The release states that Bolli "served as the City Manager for Ephraim City from 2010 to July 2014" and that he is also a Trustee and Adjunct Professor at Snow College in Ephraim.
Fisher, who has lived in Mesa County, Colo. since 2001, serves as their County Administrator. He has held that title since 2013 and prior to that, served as Mesa County’s Deputy Administrator for Internal Service, Deputy Administrator for Regional Services and Director of Regional Transportation Planning Office, according to the release.
Patterson has served as the City Manager in Casper, Wyo. since 2011. Prior to that, he was the Chief Administrative Officer for Ogden City for six years, where he also served as the Public Services Director for more than two years; according to the release.
Rasmussen currently serves as the County Administrative Officer for Jefferson County, Ore., a role he has held since 2007. The release sates he also serves as County Commissioner for Cowlitz County, Wash. for eight years and was a City Council member in of Longview, Wash.
Out of 45 applicants, Bellamy said he didn’t recall any local candidates. He said the pool consisted of applicants from both in and out of state, with some of the finalists having ties to Utah. An executive recruitment company out of Washington, Prothman Company, assisted in the hiring process.
On Sunday, the council will get together with the candidates and their spouses for an informal dinner and meet-and-greet session. On Monday, the council will sit down with each candidate individually in a more formal setting, while the other finalists will rotate in meetings with county department heads and elected officials.
Bellamy said the council is playing the process a "little loose" in order to negotiate a salary and start date.
"I would imagine, though, whoever is chosen, will start sometime in January," Bellamy said.
– Angelique McNaughton
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