Star Valley In Negotiations With Manager Candidate

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The Town of Star Valley has entered into contract negotiations with a Casa Grande man to be its next town manager to replace Lanny Sloan, whose contract expired Sept. 30.

Interim Town manager Diane McDaniel on Thursday said contract negotiations were going on with the candidate in hopes that the item could be placed on the agenda for Tuesday's town council meeting.

On Tuesday night, the Star Valley Council interviewed Vito Tedeschi, 56, who was the lone candidate selected by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, in an executive session Tuesday night.

Tedeschi has served Arizona cities for more than 22 years as a major department head or assistant city manager.

He is retired from the Arizona State Retirement System and he is now looking for a rural lifestyle.

He spent last year working for the city of Florence, Ore., as its finance director.

Before going to work in Oregon, he served for a little more than four years in Eloy as the finance manager and assistant city manager.

Tedeschi, when reached at his home in Casa Grande, said he likes the fact that Star Valley is a new town, and a lot of the rules and procedures are being made from scratch.

He also said he liked the weather and scenery in the town, and was looking for the ideal position.

"I am a young man and this opportunity came up," he said. "It is a nice place, and I may find a nice marriage."

Tedeschi said he likes working for towns and cities because they determine their own fates.

"Cities and towns are the most autonomous," he said, adding he worked for six years as a senior financial advisor for the Arizona Auditor's General Office.

He resigned that position in 1977, and has been employed in town and city government since.

"It's really like running your own business," he said. "There is such an opportunity to start out a new town.

He said the advantage to a new town is putting things in place for the first time and not having to correct mistakes a former administrator may have made.

"I just concentrate on the core principles," he said.

On Thursday afternoon, Tedeschi said contract negotiations with the town were ongoing.

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