Town names directors for public works, finance

Two staff positions, both described by Mammoth Town Manager Dan Holler as critically important, are no longer vacant.


The Town of Mammoth Lakes filled open spots for public works and finance, he said


Holler said Grady Dutton, a San Diego expert who has worked closely with Imperial County and the San Diego Unified Port District, will be the new public works director, filling a spot left open last year when Ray Jarvis left the position.


In the finance department, Dan Izzo, of Rawlins, Wyoming, will take over a spot that has been vacant since Brad Koehn was among several town employees laid off four years ago in a round of budget-related cuts.


Izzo has a strong IT background, Holler said, as well as many years directing finance departments in Rawlins, Jackson Hole and the City of the Dalles, a resort city along the Columbia River in Wasco County, Oregon.


“Finance has not had a director for a number of years,” Holler said, “and the department needs to go to a more innovative system for creating a budget document, in what I would call a ‘living’ document.”


Holler said Izzo was among a dozen candidates who cleared the first round of the town’s search. Of those, six cleared the second round, and Izzo was a finalist with one other candidate.


Izzo traveled to Mammoth for the final round of interviews, and won the job.


“He’s gone through a couple different finance versions, and we need an upgrade.


“That is not a simple task, and his skills will be a plus for us.”


Dutton, meanwhile, brings Mammoth ties to the area, Holler said. A frequent visitor, Dutton is an avid athlete whose wife is a volunteer with Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra.


His impact should be immediate, Holler said.


“The issues he deals with will impact the town directly,” Holler said, “and he will be the coordinator among other agencies.”


Among his tasks will be to direct public works at the airport, which currently is undergoing the final stages of an Airport Layout Plan—a document that must be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration in San Francisco.


Dutton has considerable experience in dealing with airport-related issues, Holler said, including consulting work with the San Diego Unified Port District.


Holler said Dutton went through a similar process as Izzo, nabbing the position from among about a half-dozen finalists.