Manager will stay until joining Oak Creek full time

 — Yampa Valley Housing Authority Manager Mary Alice Page-Allen accepted the town administrator position with Oak Creek on Thursday, but she plans to help her current employer through the transition before she leaves.

Page-Allen said she’ll start working part time on Fridays through February with Oak Creek. During that time, Page-Allen said she’ll work Mondays through Thursdays at the Housing Authority, a multi-jurisdictional organization that provides affordable housing. She starts full time in Oak Creek on Feb. 27.

“I’m going to help them through that transition,” she said about the Housing Authority. “We’re too small an agency and there’s too much to relay to whoever follows me to tell them what’s going on.”

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak, the county’s representative on the Housing Authority board, said the transition would be discussed when its executive committee meets at noon Tuesday. She said the executive committee — which includes the city and county representatives, board president, vice president and secretary/treasurer — would discuss the job description and the process of replacing Page-Allen.

“Not that she can be replaced. I don’t think she can,” said Stahoviak, an Oak Creek resident, who participated on the interview committee for the town administrator position. “I’m very pleased that she’s going to be working for the town, but I believe the Housing Authority is really going to miss her. She’s done a great job pulling the Housing Authority together organizationally and financially.”

Page-Allen joined the Housing Authority board in 2004 and became its only administrative employee in January 2009.

Page-Allen said that she wasn’t looking to leave the Housing Authority but that the Oak Creek town administrator job was a good fit for her.

“It’s a great match for the skill set that I have, and we as a family are committed to staying in the Yampa Valley,” she said. “There aren’t very many opportunities out there that take advantage of my experience, my education and my passion: public administration, community development and planning. The Oak Creek job combines all of those. I couldn’t let it go by.”