Acting county manager rewarded with extra pay
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Andrew Gorgey will receive a bump in pay to continue serving in the dual capacity as acting Garfield County manager and county attorney.
County commissioners on Monday approved a revised agreement with Gorgey to serve as acting county manager for an additional $3,000 per month, until a new county manager is hired. The intent of the “engagement of services” agreement is that Gorgey remain as county attorney once a manager is hired.
Gorgey had been doing the extra work for $1,250 per month since January, on top of his $130,000 annual salary as county attorney.
The Garfield Board of County Commissioners decided last week to pass on all five finalists for the county manager’s position that had been presented by their hired search consultant.
After a round of public and private interviews with the candidates in late March, the commissioners decided that none of the five was the right fit for Garfield County.
The BOCC intends to continue its search for a new county manager to replace longtime former manager Ed Green. He was dismissed in January in a unanimous decision by the commissioners.
Although Green’s dismissal was without cause, the commissioners indicated at the time that the decision was in line with their efforts to restructure county government.
Gorgey reported to the commissioners at Monday’s meeting that he has worked hard to implement some of the organizational changes the commissioners have requested.
“The last 90 days have been a period of action,” Gorgey said. “This has not just been a period of time where you simply asked me to be a place-holder until the new person shows up.”
Since taking the helm as acting manager, Gorgey reworked the county’s organizational chart, so that 11 departmental positions now report directly to the county manager.
The county recently eliminated two top-level administrative positions, assistant county manager and director of administrative services, as part of the restructuring.
Gorgey also called attention to a revised county procurement code that now requires any spending decisions over $25,000 to come before the county commissioners. Previously, some department heads had the authority to approve purchases of up to $50,000 without BOCC approval.
Numerous additions and upgrades to the county website, including regular press releases on various subjects, have also been made. To support that, the county is changing an information technology (IT) position to a website support technician, Gorgey said.
In other business at the Monday meeting, the BOCC:
• Approved a $25,000 community grant for radio station KMTS to produce a concert as part of the Rifle Rendezvous event taking place in mid-May.
• Denied, on a 2-1 vote, a request for a land-use change permit for Energy Transfer/Canyon Pipeline to build a compressor station on an existing natural gas pipeline along County Road 306 southwest of Parachute. Commissioners Mike Samson and John Martin voted to deny the permit, saying it wasn’t clear when the pipeline was built a few years ago that a compressor station would also be needed. Residents in the area objected to the compressor station over noise concerns and other impacts.
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