The Board of Montrose County Commissioners announced the appointment of Roy “Rick” Eckert as the new County Manager today. Mr. Eckert will replace Jesse Smith, who is retiring the end of this month. Mr. Eckert was chosen from a group of five final candidates after a comprehensive selection process, which included visits by the finalists to Montrose County. The selection process included a community reception with presentations by each candidate, as well as an opportunity for community members to meet each candidate personally. The process also included a County tour and several interview panels, with representatives from county staff members and elected officials on the various panels.
Mr. Eckert has more than 25 years of executive experience with counties and municipalities. He was the Borough (County) Manager for Ketchikan Gateway Borough in Alaska as well as the City Manager for the cities of Osage Beach and Lake Ozark, Missouri, Orange Beach, Alabama, and Powder Springs, Georgia. He also served as a city management consultant for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service for the University of Tennessee, as well as the Director of City Governance and Senior Program Manager for the CH2M Hill Engineering Company, where he was on assignment in the United Arab Emirates.
Mr. Eckert has earned a Master of Political Geography from the University of Missouri, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Public Relations from Ambassador College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Geography and Regional Planning from Missouri State University. Mr. Eckert is a twenty year member of the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA).
His first official day at work will be January 2, 2013.