Star Valley To Look For Permanent Town Manager, Sloan In Running

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The interim town manager of Star Valley appears to be the front runner for the permanent position.

Lanny Sloan's contract will expire at the end of September and the Star Valley Town Council Tuesday night discussed hiring him permanently.

When asked by Mayor Chuck Heron if he was interested in the permanent position, Sloan said he was.

Sloan suggested to the council that it advertise for the position and pick the person who best suits the needs of the town.

Heron said the process is good, and added there was no selection process when Sloan was hired.

"You answered the call, and we appreciate that," he said.

The mayor said now that Star Valley is officially a town, it needs to see who is out there that would consider moving to the area.

Council member Mary Ann Kotelnicki said she feels Sloan has done a great job and should be offered the permanent position.

Heron pointed out that the town manager serves at the pleasure of the council.

Vice Mayor Randy White wondered if it was a requirement for the town to advertise for the position.

Town Attorney Cliff Mattice said he was not sure if the town had to advertise for the position, and he would look into it.

White said when the council first looked for an interim manager, Sloan was the only one that stepped forward. He also said the current interim town manager is highly qualified.

"If there is no requirement I would like to do something to make it a permanent position (for Sloan)," he said.

White also said he would like Sloan to give the council a letter stating his intentions.

Heron said he would like to do a performance analysis on Sloan before moving forward.

Heron said the entire council would be involved in the performance evaluation of the current manager.

Mattice told the council that any written evaluation of Sloan would become public record, both individually and as an entire council.

Council member Bill Rappaport asked Mattice if the council could get around this requirement by going into executive session.

Mattice said the council could go into an executive session only to discuss the position.

Town Code adoption

The Star Valley Council also adopted the town code, though Heron admitted they did not know what was actually in the code.

Heron said no council members had enough time to review the code. The mayor said the town should adopt the code and modify it later.

Mattice said the Town of Star Valley should have something in place.

White wanted to know what the urgency was in adopting the code Tuesday night.

Mattice said that is a council decision, but pointed out that he felt the town needed something in place immediately.

"I tend to agree with the attorney," Heron said. "We are vulnerable if we have nothing in place."

The council passed it unanimously with Art Lloyd absent. The council will be holding work sessions to go through the code in the next few weeks.

-- To reach Michael Maresh call 474-5251 ext. 112 or e-mail mmaresh@payson.com.

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