Montrose County 
names new manager

Rick Eckert



The Montrose County Board of Commissioners chose a new county manager Wednesday.

Roy “Rick” Eckert, who has managed county governments in Alaska, Alabama, Missouri and Georgia over the past two decades, will start his new job Jan. 2, county officials announced.

Eckert, who replaces retiring County Manger Jesse Smith, was chosen from a field of five final candidates, including an assistant Garfield County manager with 30 years experience.

Eckert has more than 25 years of executive experience in managing counties and municipalities.

He was the county manager for Ketchikan Gateway Borough in Alaska as well as city manager for the cities of Osage Beach and Lake Ozark in Missouri, Orange Beach in Alabama and Powder Springs in Georgia.

Eckert also served as a city management consultant for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service for the University of Tennessee, as well as the director of city governance and senior program manager for the CH2M Hill Engineering Company, where he was on assignment in the United Arab Emirates.

He earned a master’s degree in political geography from the University of Missouri and holds a bachelor’s degree in speech and public relations from Ambassador College in Texas.

Eckert also has a bachelor’s degree in urban geography and regional planning from Missouri State University, and he’s a 20-year member of the International City/County Managers Association.


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