KREMMLING - Officials at the town have narrowed down their search for a town manager to five candidates, according to interim town manager Dick Blodgett.
Officials are checking on references and lining up interviews for the finalists, Blodgett said, and a decision on hiring someone could take place within the next couple of weeks.
The town received as many as 60 applications for the job, he said.
Of the five finalists, two are from within the state of Colorado and the rest are from out of state.
Blodgett, of Evergreen, has been in his position at Kremmling for the past six months, fulfilling the duties of former town manager Ted Soltis, whose contract was terminated by the board.
Soltis' severance pay, in addition to salary and expenses for retaining Blodgett, is showing a projected $36,000 increase to the town's 2012 budget. For 2013, the town budgeted for an $86,786 manager-compensation package, including insurance and other benefits.
Blodgett, who was Winter Park's first town manager upon the town's incorporation in 1978, said he did not submit his name for the job due to having "another job offer to go to." Blodgett was town manager at other towns such as Avon and in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Montana before entering into the consulting business 28 years ago.
"The people are wonderful here," he said of his time on the town staff.
"It's been a blessing to me to have all the assistance of the town board and the volunteers who work for the good of the town."