Woodland Park Council Announces City Manager Finalist

Permanent Head Boss Expected to Take Charge Soon

Pending the conclusion of a formal interview process, the city of Woodland Park could have an official, permanent head boss by the end of the year.

However, unless any last-minute surprises occur, the top government position will most likely go to the person who serves as the current interim manager, Aaron Vassalotti.

 The Woodland Park City Council, via a press release, recently announced that Vassalotti, who besides his role as interim manager also serves as the city’s administrative services director, was the finalist in the comprehensive search for a permanent city manager. If he gets the job, this will mark the second consecutive time leaders have promoted the interim manager to the city’s top administrative position. The previous manager, Michael Lawson, was elevated to the top city boss position in a similar manner.

Vassalotti’s prior experience includes serving as Woodland Park’s finance director. He also was the division and accounting manager for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked for nearly 12 years, a news release from the city states. Vassalotti holds a master’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University at Boca Raton, Florida.

According to the council’s press release, an extensive search was conducted for the city manager position, which became vacant when Lawson stepped down last summer to take a position near Denver.

The city contracted with the executive search firm, Columbia ltd. and has been engaged in a comprehensive recruitment effort.

A competitive pool of candidates from across the country and internationally underwent a series of interviews to narrow down the pool from over 73 applicants. In their press release, the Woodland Park City Council wanted to thank every applicant for their interest in the city and time and effort they devoted to the recruitment process.

With the official selection of a new permanent city manager, expected by the end of 2023, Woodland Park will have experienced three different town bosses in the last five years.