Former Mancos Town Administrator Andrea Phillips has been hired for the same position in Pagosa Springs.
Pagosa Springs’ current town administrator, Greg Schulte, is scheduled to retire on Sept. 1, and Phillips was one of three finalists interviewed to replace him, according to an article in the Pagosa Springs Sun.
He reportedly said the town reached a draft contract with Phillips during the last week of July. On Wednesday Schulte confirmed that the town council had unanimously approved the contract during its Monday meeting. Phillips will start work on Aug. 17.
Phillips resigned as Mancos town administrator on April 17 after four years in the position, and has not yet been replaced.
Before her time in Mancos, Phillips lived in Columbus, Ohio, where she worked for several education organizations, including the School Study Council of Ohio and the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center.
Schulte said he had gotten to know Phillips while she was still working in Mancos, and believed she had the right experience for the job. He also said her familiarity with Southwest Colorado gave her an advantage over other candidates.
“Both the council and I think she’ll be a great fit for Pagosa Springs,” Schulte said on Wednesday.
Mancos Mayor Queenie Barz said Phillips’ contract was up for renewal in April, but the town board decided to go in a different direction. Phillips said in a voicemail to The Journal that the transition was amicable. Heather Alvarez has acted as interim town administrator since Phillips’ resignation.