Northglenn has narrowed its hunt for a new city manager down to two candidates, and they had their first public interviews with the city council earlier this week.
Council interviewed Stuart McArthur and John Pick during a special meeting Monday, April 29. As of presstime, the city has not announced a hiring decision.
The candidates discussed with council their opinions on eminent domain; what area the candidates would have the biggest learning curve; consensus building and how to work around landlocked issues.
McArthur said Northglenn being landlocked should not be looked at as a challenge, but as an opportunity.
“We have the opportunity to create what some are starting to call the 20-minute neighborhoods,” he said. “Instead of growing out, we grow up with high-density use.”
He said some ways to accomplish this was mixed-use rezoning and offering incentives to businesses for redevelopment.
Pick said if he was hired, the first things he’d like to tackle were economic development and outdated infrastructure.
“One of the most glaring problems I’ve seen was the police department needs a new home,” he said. “It is pretty obvious the police department has outgrown the facility here.”
Both candidates said they would not be against using eminent domain if it was needed.
McArthur said that eminent domain didn’t equate to stealing property because the land owner would be compensated at market value.
“I do what’s right and will work to accomplish the goals and objectives of council,” he said.
If the city was working on a project and there was no other choice but to use eminent domain and it was in the best interest for the community, Pike said, “There is no question in my mind that the greater good would prevail.”
McArthur has been the town administrator for Bennett since 2009. Before that, he worked as the town administrator for Watkins, was the director of finance for Arapahoe County and served as the budget officer for Aurora.
McArthur earned his master of business administration from Utah State University and his bachelor’s degree in business management from Brigham Young University.
Pick has been the city administrator for Salisbury, Md., since 1995. He has 28 years of experience working as a city manager, administrator or assistant manager — city manager of Fort Madison, Iowa, and assistant city manager in Jacksonville, N.C., and town manager of Hope Mills, N.C.
Pick earned his master of public administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona.
Public Works Director David Willet has been acting as interim city manager since Bill Simmons retired at the end of 2012.