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Beaver Creek’s O’Rourke picked for Tahoe job

Tahoe Daily Tribune
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyTony O'Rourke

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Pending a formal appointment and contract approval, Tony O’Rourke is set to become the next city manager of South Lake Tahoe.

At a closed session meeting Thursday night, the City Council voted 4-0 to select O’Rourke for the position.

O’Rourke is currently the executive director of Beaver Creek Resort Company in Colorado.

The terms of O’Rourke’s contract are under negotiation and expected to be brought to the City Council at its next regularly schedule public meeting at 9 a.m. July 13, according to a release sent out by City Attorney Patrick Enright.

O’Rourke has verbally agreed to the basic terms and the employment agreement is being drafted by the city, Enright wrote.

O’Rourke was one of 92 candidates who applied for the position. Most of the applicants were from California and the western states.

The Council’s selection process began in March and included four special meetings of the Council in the last month to interview candidates and review applications. As part of the process, the council also had the candidates be interviewed in a televised community forum as well as meeting with city department heads and employees. In each instance, O’Rourke scored the highest among the panels, Enright said.

O’Rourke spent nearly 20 years with cities in California, Texas and Florida as city manager, assistant city manager, assistant to the city manager and community development director. O’Rourke spent the last 14 years as executive director of Beaver Creek. Beaver Creek is a private nonprofit corporation responsible for the governance and management of the alpine resort. The resort company functions include economic development, transportation, public safety, property maintenance, marketing, special events, environmental quality, capital improvements, finances, strategic planning and design review.

“The council felt his unique mixture of private and public experience makes him the ideal individual to be the city’s next City Manager,” Enright wrote.

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