Avon picks manager search firm
AVON, Colorado – After interviews Tuesday with three companies that want to help the town find a new manager, the Avon Town Council went with a familiar face.
The council voted 6-1 Tuesday to hire The Morrison Group, a Summit County-based company, to lead the search for a new manager. The contract amount is $11,000. Council member Amy Phillips cast the lone dissenting vote, saying it was only because she would have preferred to check the references of Morrison and another candidate before making a final decision.
After asking for, and receiving, longtime manager Larry Brooks’ resignation at the beginning of this year, town council members have been working on hiring a company to help find the next manager.
The top candidates to emerge from the interviews were the Novak Group and the Morrison Group.
But Novak was new, and Morrison helped the town find current Avon Police Chief Bob Ticer.
Before the vote, several council members said they were comfortable with using Morrison againt, bu others said they’d like to give Novak a close look.
“Who you know is what it’s all about in recruiting,” council member Amy Phillips said, citing the long experience of Novak’s Jacque Wedding Scott – the former city manager of the Front Range city of Centennial.
But Chris Evans said Morrison “may be able to provide the most local search” of the candidates. “It won’t surprise me if the best candidate is one who’s close to home.”
But that was Phillips’ primary objection to using Morrison.
“If we get a list of 20 candidates and I know half of them, I’m going to want to cast a wider net,” she said.