BY FREDA MIKLIN
On February 17, at 2:30 p.m., the designated search committee for Cherry Hills Village voted to officially begin the process of hiring an interim city manager to serve for one year beginning July 1, 2023. The search committee that approved the job description, job posting, and time frame for hiring for the position was comprised of CHV Mayor Katy Brown and City Council Member Earl Hoellen.
Current CHV City Manager Chris Cramer was appointed to the position on August 1, 2020 after being hired as the city’s community development director one year earlier. The city council agreed to give Cramer a one-year leave of absence from July 2023 to June 2024 so that he and his family could accompany their son to Spain to take advantage of a unique educational opportunity.
The Interim City Manager Time Frame that was approved by the search committee says the position will be posted on February 21 and applications will be accepted until February 24. The search committee told us the job will be posted on the city’s website, www.cherryhillsvillage.com, and on that of the Colorado Municipal League, www.cml.org. The process is expected to be completed and the successful candidate announced on March 21.
In response to a question from The Villager about why the application process was only three days long, Mayor Brown and Council Member Hoellen assured us that if CHV did not identify a satisfactory candidate in the prescribed time frame, the process would be reopened and extended.
The job description, including education and experience requirements, is consistent with prior job postings for the position of city manager, except that CHV is “looking solely at Colorado residents, preferably someone who understands the south metro region,” according to Mayor Brown, since the job is only planned to last for one year.
“The Interim City Manager is responsible for the efficient and effective administration of all departments within the city,” and the salary range is $170,000 – $190,000.
The Villager will update this story as more information about the application process becomes available.