Aspen City Manager Steve Barwick will not be taking his talents to South Beach.
The city of Aspen’s top administrator was one of seven finalists in the running for the Miami Beach city manger job, but he did not make the cut which narrowed the field down to three. Barwick traveled to the South Florida city of about 89,000 last week for an interview with the seven-member City Commission.
Miami Beach, home to the famed South Beach district, is located on an island just off the mainland and the larger city of Miami.
Barwick declined to go into specifics about the interview, saying the experience was “fine” and that the questions were normal and expected.
The three finalists are all Florida locals, including a former Miami-Dade County commissioner and a former Miami assistant city manager, according to the Miami Herald.
Barwick was contacted about the position last fall by a headhunting firm and, even though he was not looking to leave the valley, decided to throw his hat in the ring.
He said he is happy to be staying in Aspen, where he has been city manager since 1999, and a city employee since 1993. Before that, he was the finance director for the town of Vail.
Barwick said previously that he does not have any ties to South Florida, other than a handful of visits, usually on the way to a Caribbean vacation.
Miami Beach was recently rocked by a corruption scandal involving the code enforcement department, which saw one city employee sentenced to 51 months in prison. The previous city manager resigned in the wake of the scandal, but was never implicated in any wrongdoing.
Barwick, the highest-paid city employee in Aspen, makes $170,352, not including benefits.