Star Valley Reviews 30 Applicants For Town Manager


The Star Valley Town Council will determine the process for selecting a town manager, and may name its new manager at tonight's meeting.

Interim Town Manager Lanny Sloan's contract runs through the end of the month, and he said, he is not sure if he wants to be considered for the permanent position.

He said he will know which way he is leaning after tonight's meeting.

Town Clerk Sarah Luckie said more than 30 people applied for the position, a position budgeted at $52,000.

There is at least one Star Valley council member who wants Sloan to continue as the town manager.

"There is no reason for us to go around looking for a town manager," said Councilor Mary Ann Kotelnicki. "In my opinion he has done a fine job.

"We know what we have with Lanny Sloan. For a new manager, I don't know."

She said she will do everything in her power to convince Sloan to stay, but conceded she only has one vote on the council.

"I will voice my opinion that he is doing a very, very good job," she said. "He brought us through some difficult times."

Kotelnicki said she would like to know why the search for a town manager began when the town already had a well-qualified one who is doing a good job.

"I would like other council members to voice their opinions on why they are looking for a new town manager," she said.

The town will also look at hiring a town attorney from a pool of two applicants.

The two who have submitted proposals are acting town attorney Fredda Bisman and Payson resident Timothy Grier, who has a practice in Payson.

The Star Valley Council will also:

  • Discuss and authorize the town manager to contract with an individual or company to do building inspections.
  • Discuss the appointment of people interested in serving on the roads and streets committee.

The Star Council town council will meet in a work session at 4:30 p.m. with the regular council meeting beginning at 6 p.m. tonight at 4180 East Highway 260.

-- To reach Michael Maresh call 474-5251 ext. 112 or e-mail

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