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Assistant county attorney finalist for job representing Glenwood

Glenwood Springs City Council’s protracted search for a new city attorney appears to be reaching an end.Council plans to meet Thursday to discuss possibly offering a contract to Jan Shute, now an assistant attorney for Garfield County.Shute is the sole finalist for the opening, which council has been trying to fill since early in the year. It had to readvertise the position after those who applied when it was first advertised either didn’t meet all the city’s qualifications or were unwilling to take the job at the pay the city is offering.”That is what we were hearing, the cost of living combined with the salary, people dropped out,” said Mayor Bruce Christensen.Karl Hanlon, who resigned as city attorney to go to work for a private firm in Glenwood, had earned about $100,000 a year. Council has been paying him on an hourly basis to continue representing it pending the hiring of his replacement.Council will be meeting in public at 11 a.m. Thursday at City Hall to consider making a job offer to Shute.”We really were hoping to find someone with Colorado experience, and particularly governmental experience in Colorado, which I think we have in this case,” Christensen said.Shute graduated from law school at the University of Nebraska in 1993, and moved to Glenwood Springs in July 1994. Going by the name of Jan Hindman before her marriage to Steve Shute, she worked for the District Attorney’s Office for almost 10 years. She joined the county in May 2004.Shute said she thinks the city attorney job would be an extension of the kind of work she has been doing with the county.”Glenwood Springs is my home now, and it would be an honor to represent (the council) as city attorney,” she said.Shute has two stepsons, ages 19 and 24. Outside of her legal career, she enjoys singing with the Aspen Choral Society, and also serves as a volunteer tutor for Literacy Outreach.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516dwebb@postindependent.com


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