Thursday, April 29, 1999

Ex-Hamilton city manager going West

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Hamilton's recently retired city manager, Hal Shepherd, has been hired as city manager for Cortez, Colo.

        Mr. Shepherd retired in March, closing 32 years of public service in Hamilton, including the last 10 as city manager. Mr. Shepherd will start as city manager for Cortez on June 1.

        “We were able to accomplish a lot of commercial development in Hamilton during the last 10 years,” Mr. Shepherd said. “I think I left at a good time. It's (Hamilton) in good shape, and there's a lot of positive things happening here.”

        Cortez, located about eight hours west of Denver, has a population of about 8,000. Mr. Shepherd applied for the position in December.

        “It's fun having a new job, a new challenge and a whole new atmosphere,” Mr. Shepherd said. “I've always like the West and Western history. Now, I'll be able to live where I've always read about.”

        City manager Steve Sorrell, who formerly served as assistant city manager under Mr. Shepherd, officially took the reins this month, although he had served as acting city manager since January.


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