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Avon to make town attorney into town manager

Town council approves employment contract for Eric Heil

AVON — Eric Heil is set to make the jump from town attorney to town manager on April 29.

The Avon town council approved an employment contract on Tuesday with Heil, who has been Avon’s town attorney since 2008.

Heil’s contract — which sets his base salary at $175,000 per year and offers automobile and living stipends, as well as insurance and retirement benefits — was approved 6-1, with council member Jake Wolf voting against the contract.

“It’s not the person, it’s the position,” Wolf said.

In a prepared statement, Mayor Sarah Smith Hymes said the town is fortunate to have Heil at the helm.

“Eric’s institutional knowledge of the town, coupled with an understanding of what issues are at the forefront for Avon, led council to believe that he is the right person to work with us to continue the progress Avon is making in addressing our key issues and priorities,” Smith Hymes said.

The Avon town manager position has been open since June of 2018, with deputy town manager Preston Neill and Finance Director Scott Wright taking up interim town manager roles.

After a 2018 town manager search did not result in a new hire, the process was restarted in 2019 with a field of nearly 40 candidates being narrowed down to Heil, former Aspen city manager Steve Barwick, and Rachel Oys, who is currently the General Manager for the Cordillera Metro District and Property Owners Association.

Heil is from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver.

Heil said he’s excited to continue his career in Avon, which he called one of the most desirable places to live and work in Colorado.

“I truly look forward to working with council, the town’s strong leadership team, and the community to build upon a reputation of sound governance and excellence in providing services and meeting the needs of citizens,” Heil said in a statement.