Bob Jasper

COALVILLE — The Summit County Council has appointed a municipal professional from Teton County, Wyo., to serve as Summit's first county manager.

The appointment of Bob Jasper comes almost a year after the five council members took office. They replaced a three-member commission form of government in January following a county-wide vote in 2006.

Jasper was chosen after a review of 134 candidates, according to Summit County spokeswoman Lisa Cilva Ward. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and a master's degree from the University of California at Riverside.

"Bob's background and experience in government relations and customer service will directly contribute to our commitment to being an outstanding example in local government," said interim county manager Brian Bellamy.

Upon taking office in early January, Jasper will oversee administrative duties for the county under the direction the council.

The pay package for Jasper includes a $130,000 annual salary plus a standard benefits deal, according to the county treasurer's office.

— Rebecca Palmer