The Englewood City Council announced Aug. 22 the selection of Eric A. Keck of Post Falls, Idaho, to be the new city manager starting on Sept. 15.
Keck, currently the chief operating officer for Ground Force Worldwide, a company that designs and manufactures mine support equipment, will fill the vacancy created by the retirement Gary Sears, whose last day is Aug. 29.
Prior to his current position, Keck was the city administrator of Post Falls from 2006 until 2012. He held the senior project coordinator position for Wadsworth Development Group in Draper, Utah, from August 2005 until August 2006. He took that position after serving as city manager of Draper, Utah, from 2002-05. Draper is a community of 35,000 people.
In a news release, Keck said he was humbled and excited about the opportunity to serve the residents, businesses and council of Englewood.
He said he looked forward to learn from all the stakeholders in the community about what the city is doing well and what needs improvement in order to build consensus on a mutually agreeable future for Englewood.
The city council launched the search for a new city manager after Sears announced in February that he would be retiring.
Englewood hired Slavin Consultants to conduct the nationwide search. In July, the field was narrowed to six finalists who were interviewed.
"We had a good field of finalists," Mayor Randy Penn said. "Council members narrowed the list to two people and unanimously selected Eric Keck as our first choice."
Penn said he felt Keck was selected because he was a good fit for Englewood.
"He had innovative ideas and came to the interview well versed on the city and its issues," the mayor said. "I feel he will create some well-thought-out courses of action for our community. We are pleased Eric has accepted our invitation to become Englewood's new city manager."