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Eagle town board votes unanimously for Brandy Reitter as its town manager

The Eagle town board voted unanimously to offer Brandy Reitter its town manager position.
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EAGLE — After six rounds of interviews with five different entities, Eagle’s Town Board voted unanimously to offer its vacant town manager position to Brandy Reitter.

The board voted in a special session Monday evening, Dec. 18. They hope to have Reitter on the job by early January.

“These are three exceptional candidates,” said Matt Solomon, town board member. “The finalists went through six interviews by five different entities. It’s a three-sided coin, and we win no matter what decision we make.”

Like the other two finalists, Kelly Arnold and Chuck Reid, Reitter remained remarkably upbeat through the process. Arnold is currently Windsor town manager. Reid lives in Littleton and is manager of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP in Greenwood Village. Reitter is the town of Saguache’s interim manager.

“It’s a phenomenal opportunity. I can’t wait to get started,” Reitter said.

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The intense part was last week with four interviews, after two the week before, Reitter said. Prior to that was a round of interviews with the recruiter.

“I have a lot of respect for a community that takes its time,” Reitter said.

How we got here

Reitter becomes the Eagle River Valley’s third female town manager, joining Michelle Metteer, Minturn’s new town manager, and Virginia Eggers, Avon’s town manager.

Reitter also becomes Eagle’s third town manager in the last few years.

A previous Eagle Town Board fired popular town manager Jon Stavney, over a loud public outcry, and then hired John Schneiger as its new town manager, one of that board’s last acts before largely abandoning their Town Board seats in the ensuing election.

After run-ins with some members of the current town board, Schneiger was shown the door, and Tom Boni stepped in as the acting town manager.

When asked during one of those many interview sessions how long she hoped to stay, Reitter pointed to the example of former Eagle Town Manager Willy Powell, who served 29 years.

A little about Reitter

She’s a Colorado native, born and raised on the Front Range. She moved away a couple of times but found her way back.

“It’s still the best place to live. I don’t see myself leaving anytime soon,” Reitter said.

Reitter is a skier, biker, hiker and lover of the outdoors. She said she has already scoped out the trails around town.

“The recreation is a great feel,” she said. “The town feels good. It feels like a good fit for my family.”

She stuck around town after her final interview with the citizens group, walking around talking to people, many of whom she had already met.

“That’s one of the things I do. I walk around and talk to people. That’s why sometimes it takes me an hour to get anywhere,” she said.

Reitter earned her bachelor’s degree in political science in 2004 from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and her masters in public administration in 2008 from the University of Colorado Denver.

She cut her professional teeth in Washington, D.C., as a capital budget director and program analyst, and followed that with a stint as chief of staff for the office of the Department of Small and Local Business Development in Washington, D.C.

She was a utilities financial analyst for Longmont.

She shifted gears in 2012 as the town administrator for Gilcrest and then as town administrator in Buena Vista.

These days, she’s interim town administrator in Saguache.

While the Town Board spoke with Reitter after they voted Monday, under Colorado law, the soonest they can make their final offer public is Tuesday, Dec. 26. Until then, all three candidates are considered finalists.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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