(Riverton, Wyo.) – The public works inspector for the City of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, population about 35,000, went through a round of interviews on Tuesday, was the guest of honor at a meet and greet at city hall Tuesday night and was later introduced to the city council.
Kyle Butterfield is one of four finalists to replace the late Bill Urbigkit as the city’s public works director. As it turned out however, Butterfield is the last one standing. Of the original four, one dropped out after securing a position elsewhere, one other candidate withdrew after deciding that he didn’t want to come here after all, and the third simply withdrew, said City Administrator Steven Weaver.
“He went through a day long series of interviews, first with a panel of community members, then a city employee panel and finally a one-on-one interview with me,” Weaver said. The community panel consisted of Josephine Gilpatrick, Paul Throckmartin and Lander’s current Public Works Director Mickey Simmons. The employee panel consisted of department heads and staff from the Public Works Department.
“All I can say is positive things about Riverton,” Butterfield said. “In the due diligence I did, I was very impressed (with the city) and that is what brought me to want to come here and join your team. I know I have big shoes to fill, and I’m humbled to do so. I appreciate the opportunity.”
Butterfield is a Utah native who has nine years experience in public works, including five years at the City of West Valley, Utah, where he was an Engineering Tech II. West Valley is a city of some 132,000 residents in the Salt Lake Valley. At Cottonwood Heights, he served as a public works inspector and reported to the director the department. He also served as interim public works director several times.
“I’ve participated in many projects that have benefited those communities and learned over the years,” he said. “I have a masters in public administration from the University of Utah that I can bring to the city, a combination of education and professional background.” Butterfield said he enjoys fishing, the outdoors in general and that he loves to ski.” He also said he arrived in town early Tuesday “just to look around” and said he liked what he saw, “especially the progressive look of the town.” The Wind River Job Corps Center now under construction, he noted, was especially impressive.
Weaver said Butterfield will tour the city today and look at various public works projects underway throughout Riverton. “If we decide he is the guy, we’ll make a contingent offer and do a background check,” he said. “If he is not the guy, we’ll start over.” Weaver said he’d make a decision this week.