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Commissioners appoint interim county manager

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Nov. 13, 2014 – The Eagle County Board of Commissioners has unanimously appointed Assistant County Manager Rachel Oys to the position of interim county manager. A national search is underway to fill the manager role following the departure of Keith Montag, whose last day was Nov. 3.

“As we begin the search for Eagle County’s next manager, it’s important that we continue moving forward on our strategic initiatives,” said Commissioner Jill Ryan. “Rachel is very familiar with our current efforts and is the right person to ensure we don’t lose momentum on key projects.”

Oys joined the county as its Director of Public Health in January 2010 and was promoted to Director of Health and Human Services in April of that year. She has served as the assistant county manager since 2011.

“Rachel knows Eagle County and has been a strong organizational advocate since joining us in Health and Human Services nearly five years ago,” said Commissioner Sara Fisher.

“We know the county will continue to thrive during this transition under Rachel’s very capable leadership,” said Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry.

Prior to her employment at Eagle County, Oys led the development of LiveWell Colorado and the Healthy Living Branch of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She 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.

The county has engaged the firm of Peckham & McKenney to assist in the search for its next manager. The position is posted at