The Eagle town manager honored for achievements
Eagle Valley Enterprise
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE, Colorado – In front of a crowd that included his family, friends and colleagues, the Colorado City and County Management Association presented its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award to Eagle Town Manager Willy Powell.
Minturn Town Manager Jim White, who serves on the association’s board of directors, presented the award during the Tuesday meeting of the Eagle Town Board. He said that Powell’s 28-year tenure with the town makes him the longest-serving town manager in the state.
“To be the manager of any town for 28 years, the word that comes to mind is ‘remarkable,'” White said. “What is impressive is he took a town of 1,000 people to a town of 6,000 people and a budget of less than $1 million to a budget of $12 million.”
White referenced the letter submitted on Powell’s behalf for the award and listed some of his accomplishments.
“He left the town better than he found it, and that’s what town managers are supposed to do,” White said.
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“This job, truly, has been a great thing for me,” Powell said.
He cited the mayors, Town Board members and fellow staff members whom he has worked with since 1984.
“Town Clerk Marilene Miller, Town Attorney Ed Sands and Public Works Director Dusty Walls have all been here longer than I have,” Powell said. “It obviously isn’t just a manager that gets things done.”
Powell also thanked his family – his children, Tony and Audrey, and his wife, Nancy – for their support.
“Nancy has always stood behind me in this job, and sometimes that’s not easy,” Powell said.
Eagle County Commissioner and former Eagle Mayor Jon Stavney called Powell one of his mentors.
“I am still excited about public service because of all you have done,” Stavney said.