With Sheryl Decker retiring as Teller County Administrator, county commissioners selected three finalists for her position.
“Things are moving quickly and Teller County will be well served no matter who we choose,” Commission Chairman Dan Williams said at the April 14 commissioners’ meeting.
In the meantime, the commissioners have hired Decker as a consultant to help the acting administrator, Lindsey Chapman, as well as the new administrator.
The commissioners are united in their opposition to a proposed bill in the Colorado legislature that would make collective bargaining mandatory for public sector employees. “It’s a bad bill because it’s a mandate for counties to enter into collective bargaining with employees,” Commissioner Erik Stone said. “We feel we have a great relationship with our employees, directors and managers.”
The bill, if passed, would allow any department of the Teller County government to form its own union, Stone said. “Our public works, our snow plow drivers, our first responders could form their own union and go on strike,” Stone said. “I’m not anti-union, and I believe they have their place, but forcing employees to join a union is wrong.”
Williams gave a rah-rah for the winners of the April 5 Woodland Park town election. “Your three stewards got involved in this race for all the right reasons,” he said. “Not to play politics, but we wanted a functioning city council, and I think we have it now.”
According to a report by Teller County Coroner Steve Tomsky, there were 47 deaths this quarter, including four suicides and two overdose deaths. Tomsky announced that he had hired two assistant coroners, Richard Reason and Jill Schulman.
Kim Mauthe, executive director of the Teller County Department of Social Services, paid tribute to her staff who have worked for the past two years. “Sometimes it’s the forgotten frontline workers,” Mauthe said. “Really, without them, our community wouldn’t be as safe as it is. So I want to thank them. »
Additionally, Mauthe, along with Child and Family Services Administrator Mary Longmire, marked April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, symbolized by blue/white pinwheels.
In a procession from the reunion, Mauthe and Longmire led personnel to county law enforcement offices, delivering windmills and cookies.
At a time when the pandemic has wreaked tragedy on lives stricken by illness, many people in Teller County have reached new heights of service. “They stepped in when no one else wanted to answer that call,” said Michelle Woolf, executive director of public health. “Some of you have even come out of retirement. Today we want to honor not only the lives lost to COVID, but also to honor and thank you.
In a moving ceremony led by Karen Muntzert, Woolf’s assistant, each of the 9 volunteers received a certificate and were praised for their role in running the tests and, later, the vaccination clinics. “James, you and your team led our vaccination clinics in bad weather, wind; you went above and beyond the call of duty,” Muntzert said, referring to James Lawson.
Separately, Chapman announced the retirement of county human resources manager Dee Bordage.