MONTROSE – With 25 years of executive leadership experience in counties and municipalities, Roy “Rick” Eckert has been named Montrose County’s new County Manager and will replace retiring manager Jesse Smith at the start of the
At Monday’s meeting of the Montrose Board of County Commissioners, the board unanimously approved a three-year contract with Eckert.
Eckert comes to Montrose County with an extensive executive experience. He was the Borough County Manager for Ketchikan Gateway Borough in Alaska as well as the City Manager for the cities of Osage Beach and Lake Ozark, Mo.; Orange Beach, Ala., and Powder Springs, Ga.
He also served as a city management consultant for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service for the University of Tennessee, as well as the Director of City Governance and Senior Program Manager for the CH2M Hill Engineering Company, where he was on assignment in the United Arab Emirates.
Eckert was chosen from a group of five final candidates after a comprehensive selection process, which included visits by the finalists to Montrose County. The selection process included a community reception with presentations by each candidate, as well as an opportunity for community members to meet each candidate personally. The process also included a county tour and several interview panels, with representatives from county staff members and elected officials on the various panels.
“It was a very thorough and systematic search,” Commissioner Gary Ellis said on Monday. “Out of all the candidates, Mr. Eckert’s name kept surfacing toward the top and he ended up on the top. It was a good search.”
“I will echo those comments,” Commissioner David White said. “I don’t have any other comments except that I look forward to the future and that the community will be well served.”
Eckert has earned a master’s of political geography from the University of Missouri, and holds a bachelor of arts degree in speech and public relations from Ambassador College, as well as a bachelor of science degree in urban geography and regional planning from Missouri State University.
Eckert is also a 20-year member of the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA).
Eckert’s first official day at work for Montrose County will be Jan. 2, 2013.