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What’s Facing Windsor: Meet the four candidates for Windsor Town Manager

Emily Wenger
ewenger@mywindsornow.com

Windsor residents got to know the four finalists for Windsor Town Manager Monday night, during a meet-and-greet at the Windsor Public Works building.

While town board members Cindy Sheuerman and Paul Rennemeyer said they reached a decision early last week after considering resident feedback and holding individual interviews with each candidate, the board will not announce the decision until an offer is made and accepted.

The candidates, John Dougherty, Shane Hale, Matthew LeCerf and J. Mark Rooney, were all given five-seven minutes to introduce themselves and explain why they felt they'd be the best one for the job.

More than 40 residents and town staff filled the community room at the Windsor Public Works Service Facility, with latecomers lining the walls as the men spoke.

They drew numbers at random to determine the order of their comments.

LeCerf

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LeCerf, the town manager of Frederick and previous city manager and assistant city manager of Maryville, Mo., said he has experience helping communities grow and creating a comprehensive plan. After a town manager is chosen, that will be one of his first roles with the town, which will begin its comprehensive planning this spring.

As a town manager, LeCerf said one thing he is most proud of was creating a kind, constructive community among his staff.

"I will communicate, listen and support the board," he said.

Hale

Hale, the city manager of Cortez and previous town manager of Grand Lake, said he has experience in planning and zoning and restructuring debt.

As the manager of Cortez, a community in southern Colorado, he has helped the community as it considers adding a fiber network.

Windsor, he said, is a great size, and he loves the sense of community he feels in the town.

As Windsor Town Manager, Hale said he would be excited to work with the development of downtown and preparing the town as new people arrive.

"And making sure Windsor stays Windsor," he said.

Dougherty

Dougherty, the past city manager of Kingman, Ariz., city administrator of Reedsburg and Oconto Falls, Wis., and village administrator for Hebron, Ohio, said he likes to focus on community involvement.

As city manager in Kingman, Dougherty said he enjoyed volunteering at the local festivals and would do the same in Windsor.

Kingman also experienced growth, Dougherty said, so he has experience with community planning. With 14 years working with economic development, Dougherty said he has empathy for businesses and taxpayers. As a town manager in Windsor, Dougherty said he would collaborate and help town staff prepare for the growth Windsor continues to experience.

"I will give them the tools they need to succeed," he said.

Rooney

Rooney, the village manager of Carpentersville, Ill., previous village manager and assistant village manager of Wheeling, Ill. and the city administrator of Highwood, Ill., said he helped one community in the metro-Chicago area go from 5-7,000 people almost overnight.

That experience with rapid growth, Rooney said, would help him as Windsor Town Manager.

As a former member of the U.S. Army, Rooney said he knows how to both lead and follow, and in Windsor he would follow the board and residents' lead and lead town staff.

"I would love the opportunity to work with this wonderful community and staff," he said. Process

The town manager position has remained vacant since Windsor's former town manager, Kelly Arnold, resigned Nov. 21 following a closed-door performance review with the town board. Town Clerk Patti Garcia was named the interim town manager.

Peckham & McKenney Inc. was hired to manage recruitment, and Drew Gorgey, vice president of the western region of Peckham & McKenney, assured the residents at Monday night's gathering all four finalists would be a good choice for town manager, so no matter the board's decision he felt confident Windsor will be in good hands.

Residents at the meet-and-greet said they were glad to have the chance to provide written feedback to the town board about the candidates, which was submitted anonymously and typed up by staff for the board to review.

Joletta Effinger, a Windsor resident, said she is happy to live in a community that gives its residents a say in the town's leadership.

"I love that we live in a community that has such a big say," she said.

Windsor Mayor Kristie Melendez said the board wanted residents to help choose the person who will help guide the town and town staff.

According to Ian McCargar, town attorney, the board will have to approve a resolution to select the town manager, and a resolution will likely appear on the board's agenda at an upcoming meeting.

FOR MORE

Four finalists have been chosen as candidates for the position of Windsor town manager. For more information about the responsibilities of the Windsor Town Manager position, go to windsorgov.com/107/Town-Manager.