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Tibbetts resigns from Silt town board

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILT, Colorado ” Tod Tibbetts resigned from the Silt Town Board of Trustees last week with a scathing letter.

The letter begins saying Tibbetts led a recall effort against Mayor Dave Moore in late 2007 because Moore’s actions caused staff members to resign and “would lead the town down the path of poor government.”

“The potential problems for the town that I envisioned at that time are no where near as bad as I feel they have gotten now,” the letter says. “Our town government has a board that has abdicated their duties and authority to staff and a staff that is more interested in protecting their jobs than doing what is best for the town.”

Tibbetts wrote that he tried to be a positive influence but, “the process has gotten totally out of control.”

“In the last few months, I have seen too many instances of the board making decisions based on their own personal interest and town employees putting their own personal interest above that of our constituents,” Tibbetts wrote. “My continued presence on the board would give the appearance that I support this type of government. I do not.”

Tibbetts wrote that the community development department is “ineffective” and “obstructs applicants.” He called the town attorney’s tactics “dishonest.”

Moore didn’t comment in detail on the letter or issues in the past such as the recall effort. About Tibbetts’ statement that the board has abdicated responsibility, Moore said, “I see his point. I have similar feelings, however I think that this is his resignation. It is not mine. … He has been frustrated by some of the acts of the staff and board.”

But he added that he’s not criticizing the staff. He said, “Being the mayor, I don’t feel that it’s my place to publicly comment about another man’s disfavor with the staff. I support my staff. I may not agree with everything they do but I will continue to support my staff.”

Moore said he was disappointed when he got the resignation letter and has asked Tibbetts to reconsider.

“We need Tod on the board. He’s a very valuable asset to the town of Silt,” Moore said.

Town administrator Betsy Suerth said of Tibbetts’ letter, “The town is sorry to lose trustee Tibbetts. He had dedicated service to the town and objective input in the past, and we’re sorry to lose his service.”

Regarding Tibbetts’ accusations, she said, “I’m not sure what trustee Tibbetts is referring to. He gives us no basis to look into any of the accusations.”

Tibbetts said in a phone interview that some of the events leading to his resignation are in the realm of public record but there are also others he can’t discuss because they’re confidential personnel matters.

Tibbetts said one example of the problems leading to his frustration is the annexation of properties along U.S. Highway 6 outside town limits. A1 Traffic Control and Barricade wanted to annex its property into the town, he said, and the town board approved the annexation but town staff was unable to finalize it.

In another incident, Tibbetts said police cited two people for lying to a police officer when they were trying to protect a stray dog. He said the people claimed they owned the dog in order to prevent it from being sent to a Grand Junction shelter where it might be euthanized, but police and the town felt the need to prosecute them anyway.

Tibbetts has served on various Silt boards and commissions for around 12 years. His latest town trustee term would have expired in April 2010. The board plans to appoint or elect another trustee to replace him.

A copy of Tibbetts’ letter is posted at http://www.fromthestyx.wordpress.com. The site is a blog written by Tibbetts’ wife, Peggy, who ran unsuccessfully for a Silt town trustee seat last year.

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