City names finalists 
for public works job

The city of Grand Junction this week interviewed five finalists for its public works and utilities director job, and none of the candidates is a current city employee.

The city is looking to replace Public Works and Utilities Director Greg Trainor, who is retiring after 28 years of employment with the city. Trainor has served as the utilities director since 2007 and added public works director to his title in 2012 when the two departments merged.

The finalists for the position are:

■ Don Bruney of Ogden, Utah. Bruney is currently employed as the president of NorthStar Group, an organization that provides leadership and management training to public and private entities.

He previously worked as the public works director in South Jordan, Utah, from 2004 to 2012.

■ Greg Lanning of Cheyenne, Wyo. Lanning currently serves as the deputy state engineer for the state of Wyoming. He previously worked as the public works director for Pocatello, Idaho, for 11 years.

■ Fred Ostler of Meridian, Idaho. Ostler has served as regional manager for Project Engineering Consultants, a private engineering firm. He previously worked as the public works director for Blackfoot, Idaho, from 2000 to 2003.

■ Richard Rask of Bismarck, N.D. Rask has worked for the Basin Electric Power Cooperative since 2004. He previously served as the transportation engineering services manager for the North Dakota Department of Transportation from 2001 to 2004.

■ Lance Stewart of Loma. Stewart currently works as the office and business development manager for Schmueser Gordon Meyer, a private engineering firm in Grand Junction. He previously worked as the town manager in Rangely from 2000 to 2008.

City officials on Thursday and Friday put the candidates through a written exercise, a community professional panel interview and city leadership group interview.

The city hopes to have its new public works director on board in March.


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In other words (RE next-to-last paragraph), the Chamber gets to choose?

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