Thur hired as new town administrator

by nathan oster

The Greybull Town Council has tapped a man with more than 10 years of management and supervisory experience in the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) to be its new administrator and finance director.

Paul Thur is expected to begin work in early May. He will replace Joe Fischer, who resigned at the end of last year to return to his native Wisconsin.

The council voted to accept the recommendation to hire Thur that came from a hiring committee consisting of Mayor Bob Graham, Councilman Clay Collingwood, town department heads Kathy Smith and Bill Brenner and community members John King and Frank Houk.

Graham said 10 people applied for the position and five were interviewed before the committee decided that Thur was the best person for the job.  He was in attendance at Monday night’s meeting along with his wife Dawn Crist Thur, a Greybull native and current employee of Big Horn County School District No. 3.

Contacted on Tuesday, Thur said he had “mixed feelings” of both excitement and trepidation.

Excited, because he’ll be embarking on a new challenge.  “I haven’t had a new job in more than 16 years,” he said, noting that before he went into management roles for Raytheon and then Lockheed Martin, he logged five years (2002-07) working in construction related fields, also within the USAP. “I haven’t had to go out and interview in a long time, and I’m going to a new entity, which is exciting.”

Where the “trepidation” comes in, he said, “is the things I’ll be tasked with learning in my first few months on the job — all the ins and outs of all the departments.  I want to do a good job.”

Thur said he thinks it will be fun becoming a productive, active member of the Greybull community, where his wife and her family have established roots.

The Thurs have been living in Greybull since August and Paul has been “telecommuting” in his role as traverse operations manager for Lockheed Martin.  That has required some travel back and forth between here and Denver.

Graham told the council on Monday night that Thur would need about three weeks to tie up all the loose ends on his current job.  His first day with the town is tentatively set for Monday, May 6.

Thur holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from George Mason University, a post-baccalaureate certificate in forensic DNA analysis and serology from the University of Florida and an MBA with a global management concentration from the University of Phoenix.