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Montag picked for Eagle County manager

Chris Outcalt
Special to the DailyKeith Montag

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Keith Montag is Eagle County’s new manager.

Montag has been the county’s interim manager since Bruce Baumgartner left the job in December, and Montag was offered the permanent position by the county commissioners Tuesday.

He accepted the job.

“I was very excited and honored to be offered the position,” Montag said. “I look forward to serving Eagle County and would like to thank the staff for their continued support.”

Montag was offered the position because of institutional knowledge ” he’s been the county’s community development director for the past 19 years and the interim county manager three different times ” his strength of character and the respect he has within the organization, according to the commissioners.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Keith accept the permanent position,” Commissioner Sara Fisher said. “Over the last five months, we have developed a strong collaborative relationship and he has won our complete confidence.”

The board formally interviewed Montag Tuesday afternoon.

“We had a pretty rigorous interview and asked a lot of tough questions,” Commissioner Jon Stavney said. “I think the consensus is that we’ve built a team and Keith is a really good fit to lead that team.”

Stavney said he’s been impressed with the job Montag has done the last five months.

“He’s so well respected around the county and inside the building,” Stavney said. “The catch-up someone replacing him would have to play to establish those relationships would be tremendous.”

Montag’s position as full-time manger starts immediately.

“Keith has proven so effective in his interim role, we believe there is no one better to help lead the organization toward our goal of being a model of excellence for mountain communities,” said Commissioner Peter Runyon.