MONTROSE – From a field of 73 applicants, the Montrose City Council has selected six candidates for the job of city manager, and the public is invited to meet them all.
The city will host a reception at the Montrose Pavilion 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. on May and citizens are invited to meet and speak with all the candidates face to face.
The city’s website, www.cityofmontrose.org, lists brief resumes for each:
William Bell has more than nine years experience in city administration. He has worked in the Colorado Governor’s Office of Policy and Initiatives, as a county planner for Albany County in Laramie Wyo. and is currently city administrator for the city of Rhinelander, Wisc. Bell received his master's in public administration from the University of Wyoming. He also attended law school at Pepperdine University.
Stephen Giesbrecht has served as city administrator for the city of Electra, Tex. for the past seven years, and has more than 20 years of executive experience both in the private sector and as a city administrator. He is certified through the International City Management Association and received his bachelor of arts from St. Mary’s College. He also has a master's in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
Robert Karlinsky has been city administrator of Gig Harbor Wash. For the past four years. For twelve years he was deputy city manager and assistant city manager for University Place, Wash. He received his master's in public administration from Brigham Young University.
Maryann Ustic, acting city manager for North Las Vegas, Nev., has also been assistant city manager for the Las Cruces New Mex., as well as assistant city manager for the city of Pensacola, Fla. Ustic is certified through the International City Management Association and has a bachelor's from St. Mary’s College, and master's degrees in both history and public administration from Old Dominion University.
Don Van Warmer is the current city manager for Monte Vista, Colo., where he has served for seven years. He has also worked as Kremmling’s town manager and was a county administrator for Hinsdale County. Van Wormer has a bachelor's in history from Mesa State and has completed coursework for his master's in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver.
Richard Warne has more than 28 years of local government experience. He was a manager or chief administrative officer for communities in California, North Dakota and Utah, most recently as city manager for Livingston, Calif. He received the Program Excellence Award for Innovations in Local Government Management from the International City Management Association. He is also a former two-term city councilmember. Warne has a master's in public administration from Brigham Young University.