Afton’s newest hire, iterim city administrator Ron Moorse, is the fifth person to hold Afton’s top unelected position since 2004.
Previously Jim Norman, Shelley Strauss, Mitch Berg and Peter Abbey have all served as city administrator.
With five administrators in six years, a question may arise for some - Why the frequent turnover?
It’s no secret that Afton can sometimes be a city of very conflicting political views.
Could this be a possible contributing to factor to why Afton’s city administrators don’t stay on longer than a year or two? Could they be growing tired of wading through conflicts and a series of lawsuits brought on by developers unhappy with how the city evaluated their proposals?
Moorse’s hire will do nothing to help Afton’s administrators shuffle since he was hired on a strictly interim basis – 3-6 months.
Some on the council have expressed support for giving the full-time administrator position to current assistant city administrator Sara Irvine.
However, Irvine is currently seeking out other job opportunities according to rumblings around city hall.
So will Moorse be kept on to add some sense of constancy to the city? Or will Irvine take up the top spot?
Or might Afton seek out yet another new face for its city administrator after Moorse’s 3-6 month term is up?
Only time will tell.