TELLURIDE – After being nominated by Telluride Town Councilmember Ann Brady, Town Manager Greg Clifton was named 2012 Manager of the Year by the Colorado City and County Management Association.
The announcement came at Tuesday’s meeting of the Telluride Town Council.
“The Colorado City and County Management Association is responsible for all 46 counties and all 274 municipalities in Colorado and they were looking for [nominations] in all of those,” Mayor Stu Fraser said. “This is very special.”
Before taking his post in Telluride, Clifton served as town manager in Ridgway. According to the submitted nomination form, in his time in Telluride, Clifton has completed a number of tasks that range from realigning the entire town budget to present a clear relationship between the source of funds and expenditures to supporting town staff by securing a 2 percent Cost Of Living Adjustment, presenting a defense of the town’s Procurement Code when it was challenged, working to find a successful solution to accessing the Hillside property by engaging neighbors in detailed discussions, and much more.
“In my 13 years of public service, I have had the opportunity now to work with a fair amount of county administrators and town managers,” Town Attorney Kevin Geiger stated in the nomination. “ I can state, without equivocation, that Greg Clifton has been the most professional and competent administrator I have worked with so far in my career. Greg brings an unwavering ability and willingness to tackle important Town issues with an initiative that sometimes can be lacking among public servants. I have witnessed on several occasions how Greg has taken issues that had previously stymied other town managers, and he has employed novel and rather creative ways to solve these issues that many thought were either not capable of resolution or should be left unresolved until a later time.”
“We are indeed fortunate to have Greg here,” Fraser stated. “In less than two years, he has left his positive imprint upon Telluride through his daily actions and even-handed management style.”
Brady explained that after she submitted the nomination to CCCMA, she heard very little about whether or not Clifton was under consideration. And despite an effort by Fraser and Brady to find out if he had won or not, the first to find out was Clifton when he was actually given the award while attending a CCCMA meeting. Clifton said he was surprised.
“I want to say thanks; it was very humbling,” Clifton said. “I was shocked and I was looking for somebody to thank. I knew members of council and staff were involved in this. Certainly being there in front of my colleagues was gratifying.”
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