The appointment ended a messy, drawn-out search process that began in February 2015, when administrator Verna McDaniel told the board she was stepping down. After a long search and much disagreement, the board appeared poised to hire parks director Bob Tetens back in May--only to cancel the final vote when a straw poll indicated that he would have had only a one-vote majority. (Several board members argued that an administrator needed stronger backing to succeed.)
A new search was launched, and Tetens again emerged as a finalist, but by then--impressed by his performance as the interim chief--the board had fallen in love with Dill. Even commissioner Kent Martinez-Kratz, who supported Tetens in May's straw poll, says Dill has "done a fine job. The period he was administrator ran smoothly and without difficulty."
Dill is "not a dramatic person," observes commissioner Andy LaBarre. "He's a guy who tries to find solutions that work." In his final interview in October, he impressed commissioners with specifics of what he hopes to accomplish, from reexamining investment funds to holding meetings in communities around the county. He also promised to quickly fill three key positions: deputy administrator, public defender, and his own old job, infrastructure management.