Jaquet sets his
last day as city
Express Staff Writer
City Administrator Jim Jaquet, who announced his retirement last summer,
has declared an official last day. Meanwhile, the Ketchum City Council is
scheduled to interview for the position during an executive session
leave city hall for the last time as city administrator May 29, ending a
25-year tenure in Ketchum. He said he plans to volunteer at Atkinson Park
this summer to coach Little League.
departure is imminent, the arrival of a new city administrator is not.
anticipate weíll have anybody start before July, anyway," Mayor Ed
between this Fridayís interviews and an eventual start date is because
of time consuming background checks, salary negotiations and final
decision making, Simon said.
administratorís position, according to Jaquet, "is as expansive as
the mayor wants it to be. The mayorís position, at least historically,
has been part-time."
focus of the job is to prepare the cityís budget, he added.
close to 30 applicants, which were screened by a Sacramento-based firm,
four will interview Friday with the Ketchum City Council and a citizen
board compiled by Simon.
been very pleased with the quality of the candidates, and I donít think
we would have gotten that without hiring a professional firm to assist
us," Simon said.
the finalists are town managers, one each from Connecticut, Colorado and
Wisconsin. One works in private business. Three have masters degrees in
nearly 30 total applicants, one was from Idaho, and none were from the Sun
Valley area, Simon said. He was intentionally vague about the candidatesí
is preparing to leave all such city business behind. This admitted
baseball junkie appears anxious to arrive at the park this summer.
of the reasons Iím excited to be down at the park is, during the off
hours, Iíll be able to get in the batting cage, so Iíll be able to do
a little better in the menís hard ball league in Hailey."
added, "Iíve always wanted to be a park rat."