Belgrade Mayor Russ Nelson announced Tuesday that Ted Barkley of Ellensburg, WA, has accepted an offer to become the new city manager for Belgrade. Barkley was selected from a field of nearly 50 candidates after a nationwide search.

Mr. Barkley is currently serving as city manager for the City of Ellensburg, Washington. Prior to that he served as city manager for the City of Montrose, Colorado, for eight years, and as assistant city manager for the City of Garden City, Kansas for five years. He also has experience in private business and as a police officer.

Barkley and his wife, Deborah, have five adult children. Deborah is currently employed as manager of faculty and labor relations at Montana State University.

Mr. Barkley is scheduled to begin his new duties February 10, 2014.