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Kocis out as county oil and gas liaison

Diane Kocis, the Garfield County oil and gas liaison, abruptly ended her brief tenure Friday. While he would not comment on the details, assistant county manager Jess Smith confirmed Kocis was no longer with the county.Kocis also would not go into detail about the circumstances surrounding her leaving the county.”It’s a personnel matter,” she said. “It’s true you get hired for your qualifications and personality gets you fired.”Smith said he will act as the oil and gas liaison “until we decide what direction we will go” in finding a replacement.Kocis’ first day on the job was Jan. 16. She replaced the county’s first liaison, Doug Dennison, who left to work for Occidental Petroleum in Grand Junction.Prior to taking the job with the county, Kocis worked for Cordilleran Compliance Services in Grand Junction. Cordilleran provides environmental regulation consulting.A geologist by training, Kocis has a background in both the petroleum and oil and gas industries.The county liaison acts as a go-between for county government and residents who are feeling the effects of natural gas development.The job was created in response to growing oil and gas production in rural western Garfield County, and more and more complaints about increased traffic, dust and noise.

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