Pardee offered town manager position
In a quick deliberation Monday evening, the Jackson Town Council offered Director of Public Works Larry Pardee a contract to replace Bob McLaurin as the next town manager.
“As both a councilman and citizen I’m very pleased to be able to announce that we’ve selected Larry,” Councilman Don Frank said. “It’s a pleasure and great comfort to have a man of Larry’s experience and integrity. We’re hoping and praying he is going to accept this position.”
With 24 years of experience in the public works department in Vail, Colorado, and nearly 14 years as director of Jackson Public Works, Pardee’s wealth of experience in several branches of town government made him a strong candidate.
During his time as director of public works Pardee spearheaded several initiatives, including the creation of Energy Conservation Works and the Town’s 10x10 Energy Sustainability Initiative, the construction of Jackson’s first parking garage and the refinement of Jackson’s Capital Improvements Program.
He has also sat on numerous committees including the Transportation Advisory Committee, the Flat Creek Watershed District and the Jackson Recovery Planning Team, and he served as interim START director after Michael Wackerly retired in 2016.
A member of the town of Jackson Senior Leadership Team since 2004, he also played an instrumental role in stabilizing the West Broadway Landslide and planning for last summer’s total solar eclipse.
“It’s a true honor to follow in Bob [McLaurin’s] footsteps,” Pardee said. “We’ll continue his work of building the capacity of everyone in town government to better serve this community and look forward to tackling the challenges of affordable housing, transportation and efficient government.”
Should Pardee accept the contract — which he said is likely to do — he will start as town manager on June 4. Though given the high level of confidence officials have in him, McLaurin said he could start earlier.
An in-depth look at Pardee’s experience and goals for his new job will be in Wednesday’s News&Guide.