Two new hires for top Garfield County government positions |

Two new hires for top Garfield County government positions

Beattie named county attorney, Henderson new deputy manager

New Garfield County Attorney Heather Beattie.
Garfield County/Courtesy photo

Garfield County has a new county attorney and a new deputy county manager, following the recent departure of former county attorney Tari Williams and the promotion for former deputy manager Fred Jarman to the county’s top administrative position.

Heather Beattie has been named Garfield County Attorney, replacing Williams, who left the county in the late summer to take a new job in California; and Bentley Henderson, a former assistant town manager and chief building official in Carbondale, is the new deputy county manager, the county announced in a pair of Monday news releases.

Beattie has worked for Garfield County providing legal counsel to the Department of Human Services and the County Assessor’s Office since 2013.

“I was really interested in expanding my work for the county, but I hadn’t thought about the county attorney role as a career possibility until Tari left,” Beattie said in the release. “I’m very excited to be able to do more work for our community and the commissioners.”

Beattie earned her law degree at the University of Denver, and recently completed a four-year stint in the U.S. Air National Guard, during which she worked with water systems and fuel maintenance, the release states.

“I consider myself lucky for being able to serve and I really loved the experience,” she said of her time in the Air National Guard.

Prior to her tenure at Garfield County, Beattie worked in private practice in Summit County, focusing on civil rights claims, personal injury, and criminal defense.

Over the last nine years, she has represented Garfield County Human Services on dependency and neglect cases and more recently provided counsel to the county commissioners in their role as the county’s Board of Equalization and to the Assessor’s Office on property valuation appeals.

Henderson returns to Roaring Fork Valley

Garfield County/Courtesy photo

Henderson comes to the deputy manager role for Garfield County following a lengthy search to fill the position. He’s a native of Meeker but said he has long considered Garfield County home.

Henderson received his bachelor’s degree at Fort Lewis College in Durango and earned his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver.

Previously, he served as assistant city manager in Aspen, public works director in Basalt, and had numerous roles with the town of Carbondale spanning 15 years in the late 1990s and 2000s, including assistant town manager and chief building official.

More recently, Henderson served as county administrator in Archuleta County and as assistant county manager in Summit County.

“The beauty of it is that each location I’ve worked in has offered a different perspective on how to meet the needs of elected officials and the public,” Henderson said in a separate news release. “This experience has been very beneficial in public service, and I’ve gained insight into how to work with many different views and perspectives.”

Henderson said he sees the key to success in local government is the prudent allocation of resources to ensure that projects and initiatives support the needs of the community and the overarching goals set by elected officials. 

“I’m very budget-driven in terms of making sure that we are thoughtful during the budgeting process and then following that up by maximizing the utilization of the resources available to provide the greatest public service,” he said. “We must be as efficient and effective as possible with public funds.”

Henderson and his wife maintained ownership of a Carbondale property they bought in 2004, and now plan to call that home. 

“We’re coming full-circle,” he said. “This is actually the third time we’ve lived in Carbondale. We’ve considered Carbondale home for a long time, even though we’ve lived in other places in Colorado.”

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