Tue, Feb. 25

Choice now down to three for Camp Verde Town Manager
Mayor hopes to fill town manager position by July 7

CAMP VERDE - The hunt for Camp Verde's new town manager is down to three candidates.

On Thursday the selection committee interviewed six candidates submitted to them by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.

Of those six, they selected Russell Martin, current town manager for the town of Hayden, Colo., Lawrence Dobrosky Jr., former assistant town manager for Sahuarita, Ariz., and L. Kelly Udall, current town manager for Pinetop-Lakeside in the White Mountains, for council consideration.

The council interviewed the three finalists on Friday morning. They will make their selection at an as yet to be scheduled, open special session, sometime before the next regularly scheduled council meeting on July 7.

According to Mayor Bob Burnside, the council has their work cut out for them, as all three candidates have strong backgrounds in the issues that Camp Verde currently faces.

In the six-plus years that Martin served as town manager for Hayden, he oversaw a revision of the town's land use codes, infrastructure development and the completion a comprehensive visioning process. Hayden is a town of just less than 2,000 people outside Steamboat Springs.

Martin has prior experience in human resources and as a community planner in Minturn, Colo., and Richfield, Utah.

Dobrosky has 22 years experience in municipal management. Along with his two and an half years experience as assistant manger in Sahuarita, he was the revenue manager for the City of Peoria for 10 years and a budget liaison for the City of Glendale

A Navy veteran, Dobrosky has spent the last year working as a municipal consultant, most recently assisting residents interested in incorporating the community of Williamson Valley, outside Prescott,

Kelly Udall has served as manager of Pinetop-Lakeside since August 2004. During that time helped develop a 50-acre community park, implemented an economic development plan and a strategic management plan, and overhauled the town's public records and information technology systems.

Prior to that he was the city manager and redevelopment director for the City of Federal Heights, Colo., and served eight years for the Town of Payson, two as the interim town manger and six as the administrative services director.

Burnside said following Friday's interviews that it is his intent to have the council make a selection as soon as background checks are completed and to have a new manager under contract by July 7.

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