Two more seeking Lyon County manager position |

Two more seeking Lyon County manager position

Karen Woodmansee
Appeal Staff Writer

A tax collector and the manager of a Michigan city of about 8,300 residents are the latest candidates for the job of Lyon County manager.

David Childs, the tax assessor and collector for Dallas County, Texas, and Dennis Stark, manager of Charlotte, Mich., will be interviewed by the Lyon County commissioners June 7.

Before they appear before the commissioners, they will, like the four candidates that preceded them, be interviewed by a panel of county department heads.

The job has been open since February, when the commissioners voted to fire Donna Kristaponis. Bob Hadfield was appointed interim manager and has said he will continue in that capacity for as long as is necessary.

Englert has said no current department head applied for the position. The salary of the county manager position ranges from $95,344 to $120,434.

Childs spent his public administration career in Dallas, listing Dallas County as his only relevant work experience.

He has been tax assessor and collector there – an elected position – since 1989; before that he was director of budget, planning and data services in the County Clerk’s office.

Childs, who once taught high school history, has a doctorate degree in administration from the University of Texas, a master’s in history from the University of New Orleans and a bachelor’s in education from Louisiana State University in Shreveport.

Stark has served as city manager in Charlotte, Mich., in the south-central part of the state, since December 2003, and before that he was city manager for Litchfield, Mich.

On his application he indicates he left the Litchfield job to “move up to a larger city.” His reason for applying in Lyon County is to relocate to the West, to be closer to family.

He has also been a state worker in Colorado, serving as program manager, and also as legal supervisor for Adams County Social Services in Commerce City, Colo.

He has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management and administration from Metropolitan State College in Denver, and an associate’s degree in police science from South Suburban College in Chicago.

He was also a certified as a peace officer by the Colorado Law Enforcement academy in Golden, Colo., and served as a police officer in Westminster, Colo. He has also worked a court clerk in Colorado.

The other candidates that have already been interviewed were Jerry McKnight, of Fallon; Lionel “Lon” Bushey, of Wisconsin; Ron Stock, of Florida; and Jim Park, of Gardnerville.

• Contact reporter Karen Woodmansee at or 882-2111 ext. 351.

If you go

WHAT: Lyon County

Commission meeting

WHEN: 9 a.m. June 7

WHERE: 27 S. Main St.,


CALL: (775) 463-6531


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