A committee that included members of the city council and city staff, and Blanding City Manager Jeremy Redd, interviewed seven applicants for the position on June 30 before picking Dr. Wright.
Wright is expected to begin his new position on August 1.
Mayor Tim Young said the applicant pool was outstanding, with a mix of local and out-of-area applicants. Young also said the list of qualified applicants was impressive and was larger than for the last hiring.
Young said that Wright interviewed very well. “I was really impressed with his knowledge of how government works,” said Young.
Dr. Wright accepted his new position one year to the day after he retired as superintendent of the San Juan School District on June 30, 2016. He completed a successful career in education with a 14-year term at the helm of the school district.
Wright said he does not have a long agenda as he starts the new assignment. “I intend to get in and get a feel for the job.”
The Monticello City Manager position has been a revolving door for several years, with a new manger at the helm every year or two. Mayor Young said that longevity was an important factor for the selection committee.
Wright states that he intends to stay for several years, “This is not a short term thing,” he said. “I told the committee that I guarantee I will last longer than the last two or three city managers.”
“I am excited for the opportunity,” said Wright. “I see a lot of potential to make good progress for the city. I think that Ty Bailey has helped build good momentum in a good direction.”