During a special meeting Wednesday night, Eagle officials were expected to name former Mayor and current Eagle County Commissioner Jon Stavney as the community's new town manager.
The meeting was scheduled after the Eagle Valley Enterprise weekly deadline, but there was little suspense anticipated with an agenda released Tuesday that stated the purpose of the special session was "Recommendation and actions concerning the employment of John Stavney for the position of Town Manager of Eagle."
Last week, manager search committee chairman Joe Knabel announced that Stavney was the top finalist for the job and since that time, the town board has been in negotiations with him to hammer out details of an employment contract. One of the key negotiation issues has been Stavney's current position.
Last November, Stavney was re-elected to his second term as Eagle County Commissioner. He will resign that post effective July 1 and the Eagle County Democratic Party Vacancy Committee will select his replacement. An announcement regarding the commissioner opening and the application process for interested candidates will be made by the county Democratic Party officials.
Stavney will begin work with Eagle May 1. During May, 28-year town manager veteran Willy Powell will work with Stavney as part of the leadership transition plan. During June, Stavney will continue to serve as county commissioner as well as working for the town.
"I'm excited to leverage my contacts across the valley as commissioner to deepen the town's collaborative efforts with other entities and jurisdictions," he said. "The town is a lean, efficient operation already, but we can continue our efforts at proving to those around us that we manage our public business with strategic purpose."
One of the first action items Stavney will face is finding the successor for another longtime Eagle official. Town Clerk and Finance Director Marilene Miller, who has been with the town of Eagle for 38 years, is also retiring this summer.