The Dolores Town board unanimously agreed to hire Ken Charles as interim manager.
Charles was a longtime regional manager for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and is well-known for his government experience. He has been involved in hundreds of projects with local communities, is a Durango resident, and has expertise in grant funding.
“He is held in high regard, and is my top recommendation,” said Dolores Town Board member Jen Stark.
“I agree, he has been a tremendous help over the years for our community and is very knowledgeable,” said trustee Val Truelsen.
The board said Charles will serve as interim manager for six months, and will guide the board in the hiring process of a permanent manager. He will also oversee pressing town projects, including securing a contractor for the new playground at Joe Rowell Park.
As a DOLA regional manager Charles worked with La Plata, Montezuma, Archuleta, Dolores, and San Juan counties on civic projects and problem-solving. He retired in 2017 and has his own consulting firm.
In 2017 the Region 9 Economic Development District board of directors honored Charles’ work with the Ed Morlan Economic Development Leader of the Year Award.
The hiring and interview process for a permanent Dolores manager will be open to the public, town officials said.
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