City closes in on new public works director

Jun 6, 2014 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Riverton City Council and members of the public met the only finalist for the position of public works director this week.

A meet-and-greet with Kyle Butterfield was held before Tuesday's city council meeting.

The position previously was held by Bill Urbigkit, who left the job in July 2013 to seek medical help for a brain tumor. He suffered a stroke during surgery for removal of the tumor and died in April during his recovery process. He had served the city for 24 years.

"I know I have big shoes to fill," Butterfield said. "I look forward to accepting that challenge, and I'm humbled to do so. ... I appreciate this opportunity."

Butterfield is the public works inspector in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, a city of about 35,000 people. He has worked there for four years. Before that, he was employed for five years in West Valley City, Utah.

He said his "progressive experience in the public works realm" has been enjoyable and educational.

"I've been able to participate in many projects that have benefited the community," he said.

He graduated from the University of Utah in 2012 with a master's degree in public administration.

"I hope that my educational background and my professional background can only supplement what you already have going on here and the successes that you're having," Butterfield said.

Other applicants

City administrator Steven Weaver said the search for Urbigkit's replacement drew about 25 applications.

The list was later pared to 10 people, then four. Two of the four finalists withdrew, and another dropped out after accepting another job, leaving Butterfield as the lone applicant remaining.

He was interviewed by two different panels of city staff and department directors. Weaver sat with Butterfield privately, and the candidate was given a written exercise as well.

Butterfield also received a tour of public works projects in Riverton.

The finalist said he is interested in providing consistent service to local residents. He has experience in dealing with different levels of federal mandates, and he said he finds local government to be intriguing. If selected, he said he will focus his efforts on enhancing "the quality of life that the citizenry wants."

Before applying to the position, Butterfield said he "did his homework" and found the city of Riverton to "be in great shape."

"I look forward to stepping in and bringing an immediate positive impact," Butterfield said.

Weaver said a decision on the applicant would be made soon. If the city did not decide on Butterfield, he said, a new pool of applicants would be sought.

Any offer would be contingent on a background check.

The public services department handles the airport, asset, code enforcement, lands, and utility divisions for the city.

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