Castle Pines narrows list of city manager finalists

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Three finalists have been picked to interview for Castle Pines' city manager position.

One applicant is a Colorado resident, Monte Vista City Manager Don Van Wormer.

The other two are on opposite sides of the country: Carl Cahill, city manager of Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Brant Kucera, borough manager of Kennett Square in the Philadelphia area.

Councilmember Tera Radloff, a selection-committee member, told the city council July 9 that all three will be interviewed Aug. 1.

Ron Miller, president of Miller Municipal Consultants Inc., who was retained for $12,500 to assist with the hiring process, said in a recent interview that a total of 24 people from around the country applied for the spot.

“I'm proud of the caliber of the candidates,” he said.

The last city manager, Ted Soltis, resigned Feb. 26, shortly after his six-month anniversary with the city, at which time he was to have undergone a performance review, according to his contract.

Soltis was the second full-time city manager to leave the City of Castle Pines since 2010, said Mayor Jeffrey Huff in a past interview. The previous manager, James McGrady, served from 2010 to 2012 as an interim city manager in a role the city knew would be temporary, Huff said.

Cahill said he has been Los Altos Hills' city manager for eight years. Prior to that he was its planning director for six years, and before that was a planner for Pittsburgh and South San Francisco, Calif. Cahill said that at Los Altos Hills, which has a population of about 8,000, he “helped to contribute to a very stable organization and efficient deliverer of city services.”

Van Wormer has been Monte Vista's city manager for nine years, was educated at University of Colorado-Denver, and is a past town manager for Kremmling, Colo. Van Wormer said he thinks the Castle Pines position would be a wonderful opportunity to help a new city — whether it be creating a downtown or building recreation centers, among other things. “I'd like to help make the vision come true,” he said recently.

Kucera couldn't be reached by deadline. He is the current borough manager of Kennett Square, which has a population of about 6,100. He is also a past city manager and treasurer, and his background includes degrees from Northern Michigan University and the University of Idaho, according to information on his LinkedIn account.

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