City Manager Liane Stillman to retire

City Manager Liane Stillman to retire
Posted on 10/02/2012

Nearly eight years after Cottonwood Heights became a city, its first city manager is stepping down. On Sept. 5, Liane Stillman announced to staff members she had decided to retire. She will continue in her current position until the city council appoints her replacement.

“Everybody leaves their job eventually, and it’s good to leave when the time is right,” said Stillman. “The timing is good for the city. The department heads and elected officials are stable and are leading the city well.”

Stillman’s history with Cottonwood Heights began long before the city was formed in 2005. Having worked for nearly a decade to help residents in Holladay petition Salt Lake County for incorporation, she was recruited by the Cottonwood Heights Community Council to help them organize their incorporation effort as well. She spent two years working toward that goal.

“I became impressed with this community,” she said. “I was impressed with the leadership, with the community’s commitment, and with the uniqueness of this lovely area.”

After the successful vote to incorporate, Stillman decided to apply to be the city’s first manager and was appointed by the city council in November 2004.

“We chose Liane because she had specific experience in starting a new city,” said Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, Jr. “She learned first-hand how to run all the traps of starting a municipality. That experience has proven critical to assuring our success.”

Because the city functions with a council/manager form of government, Stillman’s job has been to implement the policies and strategic directions of the city council. She also supervises the city’s day-to-day operations.

Under her watch, the city has moved from humble beginnings—the city’s first employees were interviewed at the library because the city didn’t have office space yet—to a well-respected local government organization.

“A new city manager will have big shoes to fill,” said Cullimore. “We will be very particular, realizing that Liane has set a very high bar of expectation for her replacement.”

The complete job posting and employment application are available on the city’s website. The city council will accept applications from job applicants until Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. The council will then narrow the list of applicants to those that will be interviewed. The tentative start date for the new city manager is Dec. 1.