ALAMOSA — Mayor Kathy Rogers and the Alamosa city council on Monday announced six final candidates for the city manager vacancy including two San Luis Valley residents, Donna Wehe and Don Van Wormer.
These finalists were selected from a group of 44 applicants for the position. They will be invited to Alamosa for a community reception to which all city staff and community members are invited. The community reception will be held at city hall, 300 Hunt Avenue, from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4.
At the community reception, community members will be welcome to personally meet and speak with the city manager candidates. Community members will also have the opportunity provide city council with feedback on each of the city manager candidates. Feedback cards will be provided to community members to write their comments on; city staff will collect these cards and give them to council for their review.
The candidates will meet with interview panels on Friday, April 5. The interview panels will include city council and city staff members. The final candidates will also receive a tour of the city.
The finalists are:
• Donna Wehe, who is the director of the San Luis Valley Small Business Development Center in Alamosa, where she has served for six years. She also has experience as a financial educator and special projects manager, and is the former manager of the Valley Educators Credit Union in Alamosa. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and Spanish from St. Mary’s University, a secondary education degree in mathematics from Adams State College, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA), with an emphasis on public administration, degree from Adams State University.
• Don Van Wormer, who is currently the city manager for the City of Monte Vista, where he has served for the past nine years. He has also served as the town manager for the Town of Kremmling, the county administrator for Hinsdale County, and as a policy analyst for Mesa County. Van Wormer has earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Mesa State College, and has completed coursework for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Colorado Denver.
• Heather Brooks, the Assistant City Manager for the City Cape Girardeau, Missouri, population 38,000, where she has served for 10 years. She is originally from the Lamar area, and has also served the cities of Fort Collins, Greeley, and Superior. She is a credentialed manager through International City Management Association’s (ICMA) Credentialed Manager Program. She has experience in human resources management, municipal finance, information technology, project coordination, and economic development. She has earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Kansas.
• Barry Cook, who has more than 27 years of municipal executive leadership experience as a city administrator. He was most recently the city administrator for the City of Green River Wyoming, where he served for 18 years. He is a long-standing member of the International City Management Association (ICMA). He has earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wyoming, as well as a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Golden Gate University. He has also received executive training though the Rocky Mountain Center for Public Management at the University of Colorado.
• Kevin Crosson, who is originally from the City of La Junta, and has more than 26 years of administrative experience. He has served as the director of public works, as well as director of administrative services, for the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, population 85,000, and home of the University of Arkansas, as well as the district manager for the Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District, population 3,200. He has earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Arkansas, as well as a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Arkansas.
• Douglas Gerber, who is currently the city manager for the City of Goodland, Kansas, a city of 4,500 people on border of eastern Colorado, where he has served for the past four years, and oversees all city departments. He has also served as city administrator for the City of Beloit, Kansas, for six years. Gerber has earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Kansas State University, as well as a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Kansas State University.