Town of Grand Lake Hires New Manager

Courtesy of Sky-Hi News

David Hook of Flagstaff, Ariz., who was on the town’s “short list” of potential employees during the hiring process, said Grand Lake Mayor Judy Burke, is scheduled to start work in Grand Lake’s Town Hall on Feb. 27.

A New Jersey native, Hook has been living in Flagstaff for about 18 years, most recently employed as a project manager for Northern Arizona University. An engineer, Hook was employed at a civil engineering firm prior to his position at NAU, but the firm closed its office due to the economy, he said.

In past positions, Hook was a city engineer at two communities, Greenfield, Ind., and Noblesville, Ind., was the public works director in Douglas, Ariz., and was the town engineer and water utility director in Oro Valley, Ariz.
“I’ve spent a little more than half of my career in public works positions of local government,” Hook said during a telephone interview, speaking to his “passion” for local government. “I’ve worked with town managers closely and worked with mayors and councils closely. I understand how local government works.”

Parents of four grown children and grandparents of two, Hook and wife Cathie are familiar with Grand Lake, having visited the area several times with Cathie’s family. A native of Denver and Castle Rock, Cathie and family “vacationed in Grand Lake nearly every year for more than 40 years,” Hook said. “We’re very familiar with the town, have boated on the lake, swam in the lake, hiked the mountains, golfed at the golf course, even marched in the Buffalo Barbecue parade.”

Flagstaff is situated at 7,000 feet in elevation and is a mountain resort community with a nearby ski resort and pine forests. “We enjoy mountain living,” Hook said. “Grand Lake is one more special step.”

Hook fills the position left by former town manager Shane Hale, who accepted a job in Cortez on Aug. 30. Hale was employed with the town for seven years.