Pagosa Springs hires David Mitchem as new town manager

The town of Pagosa Springs has a new town manager with its selection of David Mitchem at a Thursday, Oct. 16, mid-month meeting of the Pagosa Springs Town Council.

During the noon meeting, held in chambers at Town Hall, the council voted on two motions to make the appointment official.

The first motion before the board was for the approval of Mitchem’s employment contract. Following a unanimous vote of approval, council then entertained a motion for the appointment of Mitchem as town manager. Again, the motion met with unanimous approval.

Although Mitchem will be contracted with the town for a term of four years, his employment with the town is subject to a six-month probationary period during which time the town is under no obligation to retain him.

After a six-month review, if council is satisfied with Mitchem’s performance, the remaining three and a half years of the contract will go into effect.

The offer extended to Mitchem included benefits, a relocation allowance, a $20,400 housing allowance (for his first year in Pagosa Springs), and a salary ($100,00 per year) 28 percent higher than that of the previous town manager.

Mitchem has an effective start date of Nov. 3. Until then, interim town manager Tamra Allen will continue with town manager duties and assist in Mitchem’s transition before stepping down Nov. 7.

Mitchem was most recently the CEO of the Economic Development Council in Castle Rock, Colo., a position he’s held since 2005. Mitchem holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Missouri and a double major B.S. in economics and business administration from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.