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Killington Selectboard appoints Seth Webb as town manager

KILLINGTON- After serving as interim town manager since his appointment in August of 2011, Seth Webb, former economic development and tourism director, was appointed town manager by the Selectboard Tuesday, March 13. His permanent selection comes after Webb helped manage the response and recovery to Tropical Storm Irene and develop the 2012 Town Budget which was passed by voters last week on Town Meeting Day.

"Since taking over as Interim Town Manager, Seth has more than proven himself capable of doing the job; effectively responding to a natural disaster that no one was prepared for, and leading a very challenging budget process that received the overwhelming support of Town voters" said Selectboard Chair Chris Bianchi.

Webb came to Killington from New York City when the Town selected him to lead its Economic Development and Tourism efforts in early 2010.  In that role, he brought a series of events to town including the Killington Stage Race, AJGA Junior Golf Championships and Cooler in the Mountains Free Concert Series to help reignite summer and fall tourism. He also initiated and led a multi-town effort to establish U.S. Routes 4 and 100 as Vermont Byways, fostered a close relationship between the Town and Resort, and secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and sponsorship from state and private sponsors.

Webb's efforts earned the Town the 2011 Governor's Award for Marketing Excellence.

Prior to coming to Killington, Webb worked for over ten years in management positions in municipal and state government in New York City, the State of Illinois, and Central America. He served as the director of special projects for the Governor of Illinois managing statewide health care, economic development and education programs for five years, and worked for two years as the advisor to a Guatemalan mayor training and opening a Municipal Planning Office, which managed a variety of healthcare, water, small business and tourism development projects.

Before his time in Guatemala, he served as the director of marketing and special events for the New York City Parks Department. And prior to coming to Vermont, he worked as a consultant on a variety of municipal based projects including engagements with Chicago Public Schools and Discovery Green Park in Houston, in his role as director of marketing and public affairs for Civic Entertainment Group.

"With 14 years of management experience in municipal and state governments and the private sector, Seth is well prepared to lead the town. He has worked in the big leagues of government and is a proven leader in town with a demonstrated ability to respond effectively to a variety of challenges," said Bernie Rome, Killington selectboard member.

A graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio, Webb will take on the new responsibilities with no increased pay or cost of living adjustment. His appointment is at will and effective immediately.

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