Mesa County officials mum on county administrator’s resignation

The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction): The silence from Mesa County officials is deafening as to why their top executive, County Administrator Frank Whidden, was placed on paid administrative leave in May and why he abruptly resigned two months later.

Despite numerous questions and three Colorado Open Records Act requests from The Daily Sentinel, the county is not disclosing why its highest paid employee, someone who received a 37% pay increase less than a year ago, was suddenly placed on paid leave for two months and then unexpectedly resigned.

County leaders said it was a “personnel matter,” and they couldn’t, by law, comment further.

The first CORA request made by the Sentinel resulted in two copies of Whidden’s already released one- sentence resignation letter, which said he was resigning “in order to pursue other opportunities.”

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