Star Valley Hires Manager

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The new town of Star Valley is taking shape, one decision at a time.

At Tuesday's meeting, the Star Valley Town Council hired Lanny Sloan as town manager.

Sloan, former town manager of Parker, said he enjoys working with small towns.

"I've been doing this type of work for 22 years, either as a town manager or administrator," Sloan said. "A lot of things they need here like ordinances and policies, I've done, but not for a new town."

Councilor Chuck Heron said the town will capitalize on Sloan's expertise.

"We like his credentials," Heron said. "He hit the ground running and he seems to know his way around what has to be done."

The council also hired Sarah Luckie as town clerk, welcomed Payson resident Ken Evans as volunteer water consultant, and approved funding for office equipment.

As Star Valley shapes its municipal future, the focus for now is on water. As Blue Ridge, now referred to as the C.C. Cragin Reservoir and Dam, moves forward, Star Valley seeks their share of the water.

Diamond Star Water Coalition Chairman Bill Rappaport discussed Star Valley's next steps with the council. Mayor Ronnie McDaniel said the town seeks local support and a unified effort.

"Since we just got incorporated, we're a step behind everyone else," he said. "I'd like for us to get the Tonto Apache Tribe to join us. I think if we all work together, it can be accomplished sooner."

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