Town manager finalists announced

SOUTH FORK— On Thursday, Aug. 10 the South Fork Board of Trustees selected four finalists to interview for town manager out of the more than 30 applicants expressing interest in the position.

Following a review of applications, 11 applicants were selected for phone interviews, of which, seven applicants were presented to the board of trustees to consider for in person interviews.

The four finalists are Dan Hicks, South Fork; Steven Marlenee, Windsor; David Miller, Weatherford, Texas and L. Scott Wall, Kennedale, Texas.

Dan Hicks has been a resident and business owner in South Fork for 14 years. He and his wife own Mountain Lighthouse and Gallery. Hicks has over 40 years of management experience working for large businesses including Siemens, IBM and Rolm corporations. Following his corporate career, he worked as the chief operating officer for a “dot com” startup software development company and founded a multi-location color graphic printing company. Hicks is the president of the River Island Ranch Property Owner’s Association, president of the Rio Grande Water Company and past president of South Fork Ranches Homeowners Association. He has a bachelor of science degree in business and finance.

Steven Marlenee currently lives in Windsor and has over 10 years of experience as an energy industry manager and numerous years working with not-for-profit organizations focusing on off-highway recreation. Marlenee has volunteered for and lobbied for the support of outdoor recreation at both the federal and state level. He is an avid photographer and serves as a board and committee member on several outdoor recreation related organizations, including the State Trails Winter Advisory Committee. He has bachelor of science degrees with honors in microbiology and medical technology.

David Miller is from Weatherford, Texas and has over 25 years of experience in local government including 15 years in city management. His experience includes working as the city manager in several Texas cities, including Bedford, Forrest Hill and Kennedale. He most recently was the interim city manager in the village of Salado, Texas. He has experience in successful economic development and business retention and working on transportation, land use and code enforcement issues. He has a bachelor of science degree in business administration and has certifications in law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services management.

L. Scott Wall is from Kennedale, Texas and has over 20 years of experience working in communities with populations ranging from 3,000 to 36,000. He most recently was the city manager for Willow Park, Texas and has experience in the management of large capital improvement infrastructure related projects, utility rate studies, tax increment financing for redevelopment projects and improving city communications. His city management experience includes work in a community with revenues generated from the tourism industry. He has a bachelor of science degree in public administration, a master of science degree in interdisciplinary studies and is an International City/County Management Association Credentialed City Manager.

The four candidates will be presented to the public at a meet and greet on Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at town hall. The public is invited and encouraged to come meet the four applicants.

The applicants will then undergo in-person interviews with a staff interview panel and the town board of trustees on Thursday, Aug. 24. The board anticipates selecting a new town manager by Sept. 1.