Putting Hopes In Star Valley's Next Town Manager

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As the Star Valley town council sifts through 41 resumes to find a town manager, a great responsibility rests on their shoulders.

In many ways, they are not just deciding the fate and future of 2,000 Star Valley residents; they are making a decision for the residents of Payson and surrounding areas.

Though it is a now a town unto itself with more of an identity greater than its origin, Star Valley was formed over a water dispute with the Town of Payson.

And this history is not yet behind us.

Whether the future turns into a battlefield or a negotiation table may depend on the personality at the helm of Star Valley.

By definition, a town manager must share the vision of his or her council, while remaining objective. In the council-manager form of government that the Town of Payson and the Town of Star Valley have chosen, the council sets policy and the manager implements those policies.

Whoever accepts this $52,000 a year position (according to budget figures negotiated this summer), will be taking on a big job.

Star Valley may be a small town, but sometimes a small community is harder to manage than a larger one.

The Star Valley manager must be an experienced town builder who is ready to face the long road ahead as the town builds infrastructure.

But this person will also need to be someone who can unite, while being straight with people. He or she will need the presence of mind to work with all the entities -- Star Valley, Payson, the tribe and the county. We may be separated by town boundaries, but the Rim Country is also one community.

If it seems that we are putting a lot of hope in the Star Valley council's decision of who to hire for this position, it's true. A lot is at stake.

While we know that one person cannot heal our wounds or fix all the problems, one person can be a catalyst.

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