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Kilgore council set to hire city manager

By Glenn Evans
Oct. 10, 2011 at 10 p.m.


Kilgore City Council members are poised to hire a Colorado administrator today to run the City of Stars.

Selection of Scott Sellers caps a five-month search to replace Jeffrey Howell, who resigned as city manager last spring. Sellers, interim city manager in Montrose, Colo., is the council's choice from six finalists announced in early September and interviewed since.

"Kilgore has a lot to offer," Sellers said by phone from Colorado. "In the interview process, we clicked. There's so much that you can discern in just an hour setting in front of a group of individuals. ... And some of the things that were said are very attractive to me - the stability of the economy, the progressive nature of Kilgore and the Kilgore City Council."

Sellers, 32, was among more than 90 applicants from 23 states who responded to a call this past May.

"I just feel like Scott Sellers - he's a team builder, he works with people," Kilgore Mayor Ronnie Spradlin said Monday. "The interview was outstanding. He had a rapport with the council right away. He was just an easy person to communicate with."

Sellers' appointment as Kilgore city manager is set to be confirmed during a 5:30 p.m. council session today at City Hall. The agenda item also includes approval of his $115,000 contract.

His first day of work is Oct. 31.

Mayor Pro Tem Randy Renshaw described Sellers as enthusiastic and holding credentials the council was seeking.

"He fits in real well with the economic development picture and the Downtown Streetscape project," Renshaw said.

Sellers holds a bachelor's degree of science in recreation management and a master's degree in public administration from Brigham Young University.

Sellers has served as acting city manager since 2008 in Montrose, a city of 19,000 in western Colorado. Before that, he worked as assistant city manager for Centralia, Ill., and as finance intern in Lehi, Utah.

"I really feel like the experience I've gained in my career will lend toward achieving some of those goals of the council," he said, citing innovation, long-range planning and economic development aspirations that dove-tailed well with those of the council.

Montrose operates on a 10-hour, four-day work week because much of the population commutes to work elsewhere. The reverse is more the case in Kilgore, and Sellers said he would examine whether or not to propose taking Kilgore to that 10/4 schedule.

"Will we look at something like that? Sure, we'll look at everything," he said. "Being an innovator, I want to make sure what I bring forward in Kilgore makes sense for the community."

Sellers and his wife, Amy, are parents of five children, ages six months to 8 years.

He has been featured in, Public Management Magazine and earned the 2008 International City Manager's Association Program Excellence Award for Community Sustainability.

Since Howell's departure, former Marshall City Manager Tony Williams has served as interim city manager in Kilgore.

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