Scottsbluff City Manager Resigns For Job In Colorado

Scottsbluff City Manager Nathan Johnson has resigned, effective in 60 days, to take a similar position in Dillon, Colorado – a mountain community an hour west of Denver.

The Dillon town council on Thursday approved a contract with Johnson that pays him $130,000 starting March 9, a week after his last day with Scottsbluff.

Johnson told Rural Radio News the major factor in his decision to leave after almost 4 years as city manager and 4 as assistant city manager was the chance to be closer to his wife’s family, but colleagues in Colorado kept telling him what a great opportunity Dillon is.

He admits there will be a big difference in working in a city where the economy is heavily tied to tourism after spending so many year’s in Scottsbluff’s predominently ag-based economy.

Johnson hopes to finish up several projects before he leaves for Colorado, including acquiring right-of-way for the Monument Valley Pathway, finalizing the Landers solar farm project, and re-letting bids for renovation of the 23 Club building.

He also hopes to help find his successor, with the Scottsbluff City Council expected to set that process at its January 21st meeting.

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