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Margaret Sell, left, Fruita city clerk and finance director, visits with Michael Bennett, the new city manager of Fruita, in the administration offices at the Fruita Civic Center. Bennett says economic development, particularly in Greenway Business Park, and development of Fruita’s trail system are two of his goals.

Moving from one town to another can be nerve-wracking, but Fruita’s new city manager said his family’s transition to the area has been seamless, thanks to locals.
Michael Bennett and his wife, Tara, had dreamt about moving west with their three children to be closer to family for some time. The family made the move in October after Bennett was selected as Fruita’s new top administrator, taking the place of former city manager of 12 years, Clint Kinney.

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