Aspen’s city government has announced that it is seeking public input on the “desired qualities for the next city manager.”

The Aspen community, according to a news release, is invited to attend engagement sessions with the firm Peckham & McKenney, which is under contract to help recruit the next city manager following the January resignation of longtime manager Steve Barwick.

“The engagement session input will contribute to shaping a candidate profile for the city manager position,” the release says.

Discussion points for the public include the current and future challenges Aspen faces, service priorities, communication, management, leadership style and approach, and community involvement philosophy.

The public may attend any session, which will be held on the following dates, times and places: May 13, 8-9 a.m., at the Pitkin County Library’s Dunaway Meeting Room; May 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Aspen Police Station Community Room; and May 14, 12:15-1:45 p.m., also at the police community room.

“The community’s input will be integral in helping our recruitment firm establish what success looks like for this position,” said Alissa Farrell, human resources director and interim assistant city manager.  “We want to attract high-caliber candidates who are exceptional in their skill set and who understand the Aspen community.”

The city has not undertaken a search for a new city manager in more than two decades, according to the release.

“This is a significant opportunity for the community to participate in the future of the city’s leadership,” the release says.

The community’s input will help steer Peckham & McKenney in its search for finalists. Current and future council members and city staff also are participating in similar input sessions. The new configuration of the Aspen City Council, which takes office June 10, is expected to make the final decision on the city manager’s post later this summer.

A summary of the feedback will be presented to the current council on May 14 at a 4 p.m. work session, which is open to the public. The meeting will be broadcast on Community Grassroots TV Channel 11.

Once a candidate profile is complete, the position will be advertised through mid-summer, and interviews will take place in August. After finalists are selected, the community will be invited to meet them and offer insights and input.

Updates on the recruitment process can be found on the city manager’s page at Those who cannot attend an engagement session may provide their input via email at