Garfield commissioners extend county manager’s contract by three years |

Garfield commissioners extend county manager’s contract by three years

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Garfield County commissioners on Monday agreed to extend county manager Andrew Gorgey’s contract for three years, including a $5,000 pay raise that would kick in next January.

Gorgey, who was originally hired as the county attorney two years ago, was selected by the Board of County Commissioners in May 2012 to become the new county manager.

That move came after the commissioners rejected a group of five finalists following a three-month search for a new manager to replace former longtime county manager Ed Green.

Green was dismissed in January 2012 as part of a county government reorganization by the commissioners.

Gorgey, who had been serving as acting county manager during the search period, was given an initial 18-month contract. That contract would have been up for renewal at the end of this year.

Monday’s action technically extends Gorgey’s contract term for three, one-year periods. Commissioners, in making the move, added that it also serves as acknowledgment of Gorgey’s performance as county manager over the past year.

In addition to the extension, the amended contract calls for Gorgey to receive a pay raise from $145,000 per year to $150,000 starting in January 2014.

That amount will still be subject to appropriation as part of the 2014 budget, Gorgey pointed out.

Prior to coming to Garfield County, Gorgey had been an assistant county attorney for El Paso County since 2002. He lived in Colorado Springs for 24 years prior to his move to Garfield County.

Following Gorgey’s move into the county manager’s position, the commissioners hired Frank Hutfless to become the new county attorney last August.

In other business at their regular Monday meeting, the Garfield County commissioners approved:

• A $7,700 funding request for United Way of Garfield County to develop a website with information about and links to the various human service organizations in the county.

• An application for a communications facility on Jolley Mesa along Divide Creek Road south of Silt.

• A cooperative agreement with the six municipalities in the county to fund mosquito control efforts this year.

• An intergovernmental agreement with the Garfield County Housing Authority to administer the county’s affordable housing program for 2013.

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