by Beecher Threatt
Kentee Pasek has always sought to balance recreation and art in her life. As newly-hired Ouray Hot Springs Pool manager, the recreation side is getting more attention.
“This is the job I’ve wanted my whole life,” Pasek said. “I have a passion for Ouray, swimming, the pool and recreation. I’m a water baby; I was raised at that pool.”
Pasek began March 18 in the position vacated by Tom Kavanaugh last fall. Her hiring followed a confusing series of events in which former city administrator Katie Sickles hired another person as interim pool manager, expecting to hire her permanently, then the city council’s termination of Sickles and dismissal of the interim manager a couple of weeks later.
Pasek applied for the permanent position in January along with about 40 others, she said. She had her first interview on Feb. 27 with a hiring committee and a second interview with Rick Noll, city resources director, shortly thereafter.
Pasek has a degree in recreation administration from University of Northern Colorado, with a double minor in visual and performing arts. At UNC, she was on the swim team and was head lifeguard, but she returned to Ouray in summers to work at the pool, as she had done throughout high school. She also worked at Denver athletic centers.
After college, Pasek came back to Ouray to be head lifeguard but shortly moved to Washington state with Tim, now her husband.
They spent time in Cape Cod and Jacksonville, Florida, during Tim’s stint in the Coast Guard.
About 10 years ago, the couple...