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Vice Chair

City of Hailey
115 Main St S
Hailey , Idaho 83333
United States

Company Description: The City of Hailey, the Hailey Parks & Lands Board, and Hailey citizens work together to create and maintain an interconnected system of parks, recreational...   more

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ArtsCommissionAbout, 4 May 2012 [cached]
Jim Spinelli, Vice Chair Phone (C): 481-1112
City Directory, 30 April 2007 [cached]
Jim SpinelliCity Administrator Phone: 208-788-4221 ext. 11E-mail:
Community Oversight Committee, 12 Oct 2009 [cached]
Jim Spinelli
Idaho Mountain Express: Learning the ropes at City Hall - October 27, 2006, 27 Oct 2006 [cached]
Hailey's new city administrator, Jim Spinelli, is already two months into his new job with the city.Learning the ropes has been a rewarding challenge, Spinelli said Thursday.
Former Hailey Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Spinelli says he wouldn't have been too upset to hear that he'd been passed over for the position of Hailey city administrator in late August.
"I would have been very happy to come in second," Spinelli said during an interview Thursday.
Well, the selection committee set up to search for a new Hailey city administrator didn't pass over Spinelli, and now two months in to his new job he couldn't be more pleased.
Spinelli said part of the satisfaction he has in his new employment comes from working more closely alongside a talented contingent of Hailey city employees.These are the same people he developed a relationship with when he was representing the chamber during public meetings, he said.
"I know all these people from the other side of the aisle," Spinelli said."I'm very fortunate to work with such a good group of people."
In his day-to-day duties, Spinelli is now responsible for helping to maintain the efficiency of Hailey's eight separate departments.In a way, he's the intermediary between the city's elected officials and its various department heads.
For those department heads, having Spinelli on hand makes it easier for them to have someone to run ideas by or to get things approved in a more expeditious manner.
It's much easier to find him than Hailey Mayor Susan McBryant or the members of the City Council, all of whom have full-time responsibilities of their own aside from the city, Spinelli said.
Being the person responsible for signing off on the decisions of department heads-decisions that are often far beyond the scope of his expertise-has been somewhat intimidating, Spinelli admitted.
It all comes down to trusting the experience of those department heads."I have to totally rely on their technical expertise," he said.
Since he started at the city part-time on Aug. 28, and full-time on Sept. 15, Spinelli's hands have been full getting to know the way Hailey City Hall operates.Spinelli said that, fortunately, his plate wasn't too full when he came on because the position he stepped into hadn't been filled since the city's former city administrator, Jim Azumano, resigned in 2004.
"I'm getting a pretty good handle," he said.
Spinelli said he appreciates the more influential position he now has for shaping Hailey's future.
"I'm in a position to help make decisions," he said.
Although a bit wistful for sure, Spinelli said Oxarango-Ingram will no doubt succeed in bringing her innovative ideas for the chamber's future into reality.
Idaho Mountain Express: Hailey hires new city administrator - August 23, 2006, 23 Aug 2006 [cached]
Chamber of Commerce leader Jim Spinelli appointed
On Friday, Hailey City Clerk Heather Dawson confirmed that Jim Spinelli, the Hailey Chamber of Commerce executive director and an individual with strong ties to the Wood River Valley community, has been hired as the new Hailey city administrator.
Dawson, who in her various duties for Hailey will likely work quite closely with the new city administrator, said Hailey Mayor Susan McBryant made the final decision to select Spinelli for the top staff position.
"She (McBryant) has made the offer to Jim Spinelli, and he has accepted," Dawson said.
In the coming weeks, Spinelli will begin working for the city part-time and will be at his post representing the city at an Aug. 28 City Council meeting, Dawson said.
McBryant interviewed and selected Spinelli, Dawson said.
"Spinelli brings an extensive background in large group management and training, corporate budgeting, development management and risk management to the position," the press release states.
Spinelli was out of town this week and could not be reached for comment.
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