Term limits cancel Glenwood fire board election | PostIndependent.com

Term limits cancel Glenwood fire board election

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Glenwood Springs Rural Fire Protection District Board election set for Tuesday has been canceled.

Also, the Glenwood Springs city attorney will be asked to look into a possible conflict of interest with two of the incoming board members.

The election was canceled because of term limits.

Two-term board members Chuck Johnson and John Taufer didn’t realize term limits applied to the district board, so although the two had been campaigning to be re-elected to their seats, they were forced to drop out of the race.

The remaining three candidates are running for three seats, so they will automatically take those seats on May 4.

The fire board passed a resolution Thursday to formally cancel the election.

“They passed a resolution to cancel the election and deem the three candidates elected,” Glenwood Springs city clerk Robin Clemons said.

The three board members will be Loren Anderson, who has already served a four-year term on the board, and newcomers John Tessadri and Tom Morelli.

Outgoing board chairman Chuck Johnson said there could be a conflict of interest with Tessadri and Morelli because they both work for the city’s public works department. He thinks they would have to decline from discussing or voting on any intergovernmental agreements between the city and the fire district.

He said that will mean they would need to step down often, because about three-quarters of the fire department’s funding comes from the city and the money is facilitated through intergovernmental agreements.

The board directed Glenwood Springs fire chief Mike Piper to ask city attorney Karl Hanlon to look into possible conflicts of interest regarding the intergovernmental agreements.

“We want a written legal opinion on whether city employees should be on the board,” Johnson said.

Hanlon was not immediately available for comment.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511


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