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Park City Municipal Hires New Deputy City Managers


After receiving applications from around 80 people from all over the country, Park City Municipal has hired two new, locally sourced deputy city managers.

Sarah Pearce and David Everitt started as Park City’s deputy city managers a couple weeks ago, as the COVID-19 outbreak began ramping up. Pearce is the former managing director of the Sundance Institute, and Everitt is the former city manager for Moab. He’s also been working with Park City as its special project manager for the upcoming Bonanza Park Arts and Culture District. Park City Manager Matt Dias says he’s thrilled to bring the two on.

“We have a really strong team at the city, both at a management level and at a frontline level, and we had two vacant positions," Dias said. "So, I look at this as we are adding two top-notch talents to an already very high-performing, high-productive team.”

The two positions opened after Dias vacated his role as assistant city manager last October, when he became interim city manager. The other position evolved out of former Community Development Director Anne Laurent’s position, after Laurent resigned in November. Dias says Pearce will look after internal operations – for example, Pearce is helping Dias with the city’s recession plan, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Everitt will take on community development-oriented tasks, working with the planning, building and engineering departments as well as the arts and culture district planning.

The city council is moving into the implementation phase of their priorities around transportation, housing, social equity and energy. Dias says Pearce and Everitt will bring fresh perspectives to the city’s problems and opportunities.

“Both of these individuals have proven to be successful in other organizations, and I’m just really encouraged to have a shared leadership environment with these two,” Dias said. “We provide them with a lot of autonomy and the ability to be creative and flexible, and in my mind, that’s going to help council further their goals.”

Dias encourages the public to reach out to Pearce and Everitt. Their contact information can be found on Park City’s website.

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle.
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