County announces three promotions |

County announces three promotions

Veronica Whitney

. And he did. Ingstad actually promoted three county employees Thursday to handle the communication, marketing, events and assistant administrator duties.

Keith Montag, the county’s community development director, will be the new assistant county administrator. Airport office manager Deborah Churchill has been promoted to the position of communication and marketing manager. And Sharee Wettstein, administrative coordinator for the County Commissioner’s Office, has been named events coordinator.

“We always look for these kinds of promotions to keep and reward key employees,” Ingstad said. “We always prefer to promote internally and in this case we have employees that have those qualities we need.”

Gadell, who last week left Eagle County for a new job in North Carolina,

was hired in June 2002 to improve the county’s information technology infrastructure and services and to work with the media as well as the Board of County Commissioners.

“Keith will continue to oversee his various divisions at community development as well as assist me with special projects and acting duties during my absences,” Ingstad said.

Montag, 50, of Eagle, has been the county’s community development director since 1990. He has a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Colorado and years of experience working with Jefferson County prior to joining Eagle County.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to expand my horizons,” Montag said. “In the past I have been the acting county administrator. This job is a continuation of that function. Plus, I have more than 20 years experience in the management field, which will assist me with county administration duties when necessary.”

Churchill came to Eagle County from Irving, Texas, where she held was a director at Citigroup in the areas of marketing, events and public affairs.

Ingstad said he will assist with some of the county’s marketing and communication duties during Churchill’s job transition.

“Deborah has implemented the airport’s customer service program and key marketing strategies as well as overseeing office management,” Ingstad said.”This decision does leave an important opening at the airport that must be filled prior to Thanksgiving, but is best for Deborah as she is currently under-employed.”

Churchill will work out of the administrative offices in Eagle.

Wettstein’s two years experience as administrative coordinator to the Board of County Commissioners for the past two years as well as her customer service and event experience make her a perfect fit for the job, Ingstad said.

“She is one of our key employees and she keeps assuming more responsibility in her positions,” he said.

Wettstein, 46, said the new duties aren’t new to her.

“I’ve been involved in planning for events since I started to work at the county,” Wettstein said. “Still, I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

The promotions will save the county money, too, Ingstad said.

“Taxpayers should be happy. We have figured out a way to provide better services without adding to the cost of government,” Ingstad said.

So far, the only replacement needed is for Churchill.

Eagle County Commissioner Michael Gallagher said Montag, Churchill and Wettstein are very capable of doing their new jobs.

“All our county staff takes all the duties to fill the void,” Gallagher said.

Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454, or at

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