Four finalists to interview for county administrator job

The Mesa County Commissioners expect to interview four finalists in their latest efforts to hire a county administrator.

The finalists also will meet with two panels comprised of county employees, community leaders and people who work closely with the county.

“We had a group of 40 highly qualified applicants. Narrowing down the list to four was no easy task, but now we’re eager to move forward with the search process,” said County Commissioner Janet Rowland.

The four finalists are:

Lynda Boswell of Leavenworth, Kan., an Iraq national subject matter expert and monitoring and evaluation specialist for RTI International. Boswell previously served as the town administrator and chief financial officer for Kiowa and county administrator and CFO for Kit Carson County in Colorado. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and is a doctoral candidate with a thesis in county administration.

Roger Kolman, assistant city manager in Maricopa, Ariz. Kolman has worked in government finance and management for nine years, including stints as director of financial services and interim city manager of Maricopa. A certified public accountant, Kolman expects to soon complete a master’s degree in administration.

Donna Ross, of Whitewater, director of the Mesa County Development Services and Code Enforcement Division and acting director of the county’s regional and shared services department. Ross has 16 years of experience in government, including service as elections director for the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. She’s also worked for the Mesa County Attorney’s Office and City of Grand Junction. She holds a master’s degree in public administration.

Chantal Unfug of Denver, deputy manager of parks, planning, design, construction and natural resources for the City and County of Denver Department of Parks and Recreation. Unfug has served in several positions with the City and County of Denver as well as the State of Colorado as director of the Colorado Women’s Business Office and deputy director of boards and commissions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication.

The commissioners have conducted two searches to find a successor to Jon Peacock, who resigned in July and subsequently was hired as county manager in Pitkin County.

Tom Papin, former director of the Mesa County Department of Human Services, has served as an interim administrator. Papin has recommended the commissioners hire a permanent administrator.