Community members are invited to meet the five finalists for Palisade's town administrator job today.
Finalists will introduce themselves and the public is invited to meet with them following their presentation at 4 p.m. at the Palisade Community Center, 120 W. Eighth St.
The finalists were chosen from a pool of 47 applicants. Palisade is seeking a new administrator after Rich Sales in February announced his resignation and intent to retire.
Candidate biographies were provided by the town of Palisade.
The finalists are:
■ Mark Campbell, town manager of Kremmling for the past five years, helped secure $4 million in grants and ushered in record sales tax revenue and growth by working to add more businesses that promote tourism and events. He previously worked as the city administrator of eight years for La Grange, Missouri, and earned accolades for his work on the 2008 Mississippi River flood. Campbell, who was born in Northern Ireland, immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1990s. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration from Cleveland State University.
■ Janet Hawkinson, of Edwards, works as the community planning director and previously served as the acting town manager. She secured more than $2 million in grants for the town in her first two years. Hawkinson supports the town's planning commission and town council in land use, policy and budget decisions. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in landscape architecture and urban planning.
■ Bill Malinen has lived in the Grand Valley since December 2017, but most recently served as the city administrator for Branson, Missouri. Malinen has more than 30 years of experience as a city manager in seven communities in Minnesota, California, Washington and Missouri. He earned a bachelor's of arts and a master's of arts in public administration. Malinen has helped communities improve their finances, develop strategic and comprehensive plans and improve infrastructure.
■ J. Mark Rooney most recently worked as the manager for the village of Carpentersville for more than seven years and previously worked as manager for two other villages in the Chicago suburbs. He worked as Highwood's chief negotiator in the redevelopment of Fort Sheridan to a residential community on Chicago's north shore. A retired lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Army Reserves, Rooney served two tours in Iraq and earned a Bronze Star with V-device for Valor. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
■ D. Michael Segrest has worked as a government manager in a number of Colorado communities ranging in size from Boulder to Timnath and Mead. He currently works as a local government consultant. Segrest earned a degree in park administration from Texas Tech University and continued his education in organizational management. He worked in the early part of his career as parks and recreation director before becoming an assistant city manager in Boulder.