McIntyre: Let’s not pretend

Ouray County Plaindealer: Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

Elected officials make a decision behind closed doors, against Colorado Open Meetings laws, and later backpedal and try to pretend it didn’t happen.

That’s pretty much where we’re at in the nine-month saga of Ouray County hiring an in-house county attorney.

Last week it became clear the commissioners had selected a new hire, and that person is scheduled to start work Nov. 1.

There are only three positions the county commissioners hire directly – all the rest of the county employees answer to the county administrator. The new county attorney is one of those executive level positions, hired directly by the elected officials. That makes the county attorney position subject to certain procedures stated in Colorado Open Meetings laws. That includes announcing a finalist for the job at least 14 days before an offer of employment is made and making a decision on who to hire in public.

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