Wednesday, December 20, 2017

UPDATE: PPACG names finalists for executive director

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click to enlarge PPACG soon will have a new director. - FILE PHOTO
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This just in from the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments on its hiring offer:

Mr. Andy Gunning accepted the position of the PPACG Executive Director. He will begin work on February 20th, 2018 after completing a final project in Rockville, MD.

Mr. Gunning comes to us from the City of Rockville, MD where he serves as the Acting Director of Planning and Development Services. Previously he worked with the Pima Association of Governments in Tucson AZ for nearly 12 years, leading the agency through transformational changes including the creation of a regional transportation authority that was approved by voters.

“The Board of Directors and staff of PPACG and the community are all looking forward to Mr Gunning’s arrival and his joining our team here” says PPACG Board Chairman and Colorado Springs Councilmember Andy Pico

Acting Executive Director Rick Sonnenburg will remain in place until Mr. Gunning arrives. 
His salary will be $154,000 a year.

—————ORIGINAL POST 4:04 P.M. THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 2017—————————-

Four finalists have been named for the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments top slot, according to a news release from the organization.  Only one of the candidates currently lives in Colorado.

The PPACG board is seeking a successor to Rob MacDonald, whose contract wasn't renewed last January. Go here for the latest on the search prior to naming four finalists.

The four finalists:

• Denise Balkas, owner of Independent City Planning and Development Consulting, Denver.
• David Fraser, recent city manager for Boulder City, Nev.
• Andy Gunning, acting director of Planning and Development Services for City of Rockville, Md.
• Gena McCullough, planning director for Bi-State Regional Commission, Rock Island, Ill.

The PPACG board will meet Dec. 13 to interview the finalists and will settle on a its top pick at that time.

PPACG serves as a consortium of 16 local governments and works on regional issues like transportation, aging, military impact and water quality.

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