After what turned out to be a seven-month audition, the Moab City Council on Tuesday promoted Carly Castle to be the city’s third manager in as many years.
Mayor Joette Langianese recommended Castle for the promotion. Castle, who has served as the acting city manager since early September after Joel Linares made a dramatic exit following an investigation into his job performance and interactions with staff, was already on the payroll as the city’s deputy manager.
Langianese spoke highly of Castle’s contributions and said she’s the best person for the job. Council voted unanimously to appoint Castle.
“I asked you all to do your own personal interviews and to determine for yourself if you thought that she was the best candidate for the job,” Langianese said. “And you all did that. And you all came back with the thumbs up and so it felt like, why are we looking any further, we’ve got to have the best team members in city hall right now.”
Langianese explained the process and review of the 45 applicants she said the city received for the position. Out of those 45 applicants, there were “13 people that were minimally qualified,” she said.
Langianese said she recognized “right from the beginning that the most important role that I have is appointing the city manager. That’s probably one of the most important things that the mayor can do; of course, with the city council support,” Langianese said.
“I’d like to very much thank Carly for all of her hard work and … support to me, at least throughout this entire process, and just wanted to reiterate my full support and having her nominated as the city manager,” Councilor Luke Wojciechowski said.
Councilor Jason Taylor said, “I think she’s done a great job for this community. She’s spot on. She’s direct in what she has asked for and she’s very fair. And I think that, you know, I think that we’d be remiss if we didn’t have her in this position.”
Councilor Kalen Jones also said he has enjoyed Castle’s work for the city.
“I really look forward to you fully stepping into this role and being able to fully assume the mantle of leadership. To the extent that I’m aware that you’ve been holding back a little bit, I think. And so I look forward to moving forward with some degree of permanence in as much as that exists within city government,” he said.
“And I would like to echo everything that’s been said,” added Mayor Pro Tem Tawny Knuteson-Boyd. “But I will say Luke and Jason are lucky, they did not experience the tumult and the chaos. And you weathered that with grace and with compassion. And you took this responsibility. Probably not really wanting it. And it’s been a pleasure to watch you grow.”
“I’m honored that the mayor and council have placed their trust in me,” Castle said in a statement delivered Wednesday morning. “I also appreciate the support and collaboration of our dedicated city staff and I’m looking forward to ongoing efforts in building strong ties with our community.”
Castle is a Utah native and holds a juris doctorate from Brigham Young University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and anthropology from the University of Utah.
Previously, Castle worked in the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities, first as a special projects coordinator and manager and most recently as the department’s water resources manager.
During that time her work focused on water rights and resources, recreation management, intergovernmental affairs, land use issues, and sustainability programs and initiatives. She also worked to develop partnerships with local stakeholders, including community groups, nonprofit organizations, and business entities.
Castle’s appreciation of Moab began more than a decade ago when she spent the summers of 2006 through 2008 living here and working as a river guide for Western River Expeditions.
“This is a beautiful place with an amazing and involved community,” Castle said. “I’m excited to work toward a stronger, brighter future for our city and our residents.”