List of candidates for Mesa County administrator narrowed to five

Mesa County Regional Services Director Tom Fisher is one of the five finalists seeking to become county administrator.

In addition to Fisher, the other four finalists are:

Melinda Carlton of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. She most recently served as the township manager in Vernon Township, N.J.

Michael Freilinger of Des Moines, Iowa. He most recently served as the Osceola County manager in Kissimmee, Fla.

Gregory Lewis of Lockport, N.Y. He is the Niagara County manager in Lockport.

James Mullen of Colorado Springs. He is the project director for Actus Lend Lease development company’s Colorado Springs office.

Carlton and Lewis applied to become the county manager in Delaware County, Ohio, earlier this year but were turned away, according to reports in ThisWeek Community Newspapers.

County human resources personnel recommended to commissioners a panel of roughly 10 candidates. The board then narrowed the list to five.

Acting County Administrator Stefani Conley was among the finalists but withdrew her name from consideration. Commissioner Craig Meis said Conley told commissioners she would benefit from some additional experience as the assistant county administrator.

Conley couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

Commissioners will interview the finalists over several hours Wednesday morning and afternoon, and a candidate meet-and-greet is scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Dolce Vita, 336 Main St.

As regional services director since 2007, Fisher oversees several departments, including Animal Services, Facilities and Parks and the Regional Transportation Planning Office. The nine-year county employee previously served as the director of the Regional Transportation Planning Office.

Fisher said he is “very honored and humbled” to be selected for the interview process.

“I’m raising a family here, I’ve lived here quite a while, I want to continue doing that,” he said when asked why he applied for the position. “It’s kind of the perfect time for me to look at a higher purpose of doing that.”

Fisher said he also believes he could apply skills he’s learned as an officer who has spent more than 20 years in the U.S. Army. The lieutenant colonel spent a year in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and currently commands a support battalion of 350 soldiers with the National Guard in Utah.

The county is looking for a replacement for Jon Peacock, who resigned in July to tend to personal family matters after five years on the job.

Meis said he hopes the county will fill the position in December.


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