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County appoints assistant manager

Contact: Kris Friel, Director of Communications at 970-328-8617 or kris.friel@eaglecounty.us

Eagle County is pleased to announce that Rachel Oys has been tapped to serve as assistant county manager, a position that has not been formally filled since 2009. In her new role, Oys will assist with a variety of administrative matters and special projects, as well as overseeing day-to-day operations during county manager absences.

Oys joined the county as its Director of Public Health in 2009 and was promoted to Director of HHS in April 2010. Prior to her employment at Eagle County, she led the development of LiveWell Colorado and the Healthy Living Branch of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Oys holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Russian, a master’s degree in Public Policy and a law degree, all from the University of Denver.

County Manager Keith Montag says the decision to formally appoint an assistant manager is the first step in an upcoming organizational realignment. According to Montag, the effort is intended to streamline services and functions and is not anticipated to increase or decrease the number of county employees.

“Eagle County has gone through a tremendous amount of change over the last three years,” said Montag. “We’ve downsized our staff significantly, and it’s time to take a comprehensive look at how our departments can potentially work better together,” he said. “Rachel brings a strong background in organizational development that will be invaluable as we evaluate how we do business.”

The county does not intend to hire a separate Director of HHS and Oys will continue to serve in the role.