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
...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
"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."
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
It all comes down to trusting the experience of those department heads."I have to totally rely on their technical expertise," 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
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
appreciates the more influential position he
now has for shaping Hailey's future.
"I'm in a position to help make decisions," he
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.