Current Records Manager Linda Manning to Succeed Kathryn Koch as new City Clerk



Current Records Manager LindaManning to Succeed Kathryn Koch as new City Clerk


Contact:  Kathryn Koch, City Clerk, 970-429-2685or and Linda Manning, Records Manager,970-429-2686 or; and Don Taylor, Director ofFinance, 970-920-5027 or

Aspen,Colorado – March 31, 2014After 43 years of service, City Clerk Kathryn Koch is retiring from the City onApril 30, 2014.  Pending Councilapproval, which is required in the City charter, current records manager LindaManning will be promoted to City Clerk starting May 1.

“I have always been honored to say that I work asthe Clerk for the City of Aspen,” Kathryn Koch said.  “This is one of the greatest jobs in thevalley.  It’s very diverse and I get towork with a wide variety of internal and external customers.  From records management to elections, specialevents to working with businesses and voters, it has all been such a joy.”

Koch is well respected in her field and will besorely missed by Council and staff. Mayor Steve Skadron said, “I can’t thank Kathryn enough for her steady calm at thecouncil table and patient guidance behind the scenes.  It’s a privilege to have been one of herAspen mayors - from Eve to Steve".  


Linda Manning has been with the City for fouryears.  She served as Accounts ReceivableManager in Utility Billing and Finance and transitioned to the Clerk’s Officesix months ago where she has been working as Records Manager.   Prior to joining the City, Manning worked asthe retail store manager at BMC West and Harbert Lumber.  She has a degree in Geology and Archaeologyfrom Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Don Taylor, Finance Director oversees the CityClerk position.  He said, “It has been oneof the highlights of my work career to work with Kathryn Koch for a portion ofher 40 plus year tenure as City Clerk for the city of Aspen.  She hasalways conducted herself with professionalism and integrity her deepappreciation for the Aspen community always guided her actions in herjob.  Linda Manning brings the same work ethic and energy that Kathrynbrought every day.  She has already distinguished herself in theorganization and we all look forward to working with her.”

“I am excited to be the next City Clerk becauseof the variety in working with City departments and the community,” Manningsaid.  “I hope to keep the Clerk’s officeas a friendly reliable resource for information and to expand the ways it isavailable to the public.  Kathryn has been a great role model and lookforward to the challenge of filling her shoes.”

Koch’s first job was secretary to Chief of Policeand after three years she took up the position of City Clerk.

“When I started with the City there were only twofloors on City Hall and two people in the planning department, which was sharedbetween City and County.  Today is adifferent world than 1974,” Koch said.  “Wehave done a great job keeping up with the changes.  We have more boards and commissions, morepersonnel and more citizen involvement than in the 70s.  The City has been proactive in keeping upwith technological advances like electronic agendas and records managementsystems as well as changes in the law on the state and local level.  We were one of the first jurisdictions inColorado to televise our Council meetings. It has been a great honor to evolve with the changes and provideincreasing services to the community.  Ialong with various Councils and managers have always valued the relationshipwe’ve had with our citizens.  It’s beenone of the best parts of the job.”

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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014