KREMMLING - Tuesday, Jan. 22, was the first day on the job for Kremmling's new town manager Mark Campbell.
He and his two cats Stan and Ollie moved to Kremmling last week from Missouri, where he had worked as a city administrator at the small gaming community of LaGrange. There, a large part of Campbell's job concerned city issues in dealing with flooding of the Mississippi River, he said. In 2008, Campbell received a congressional medal of merit for his work in the aftermath of the floods that year.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Campbell has been living and working in the states for the past 20 years.
He lived for a short time in Baker, Montana, and in taking the Kremmling position, "There was a part of me that wanted to move out West again," he said. Kremmling, he said, is similar to Montana scenic attributes and lifestyle. For mountainous areas, Campbell said, the people "choose to be here."
The manager earned his masters in public affairs at Cleveland State University, College of Urban Affairs in Cleveland, Ohio.
During his first day on the job on Tuesday, he traveled to Gypsum with interim Kremmling town manager Dick Blodgett for a meeting on regional collaboration on green management opportunities, such as use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, green building, resource conservation and environmental preservation.
According to Kremmling Mayor Tom Clark, Blodgett plans to stay for at least a week to ensure a "smooth transition" of the town's management.
Campbell, who survived two interviews for the job, was among a pool of top five finalists out of 60 candidates Kremmling officials chose, Clark said. Kremmling did offer the job to two others who either did not take the job or dropped out of the running, he said.
Campbell's "all-round experience" appealed to Clark, from "water, waste water and grant writing to emergency management and flood mitigation."
The new manager's goals at present are to simply "try and advance the town forward" with its own agenda of attracting and retaining businesses and upgrading the town's infrastructure, while trying to find the needed funds to do so.