Ridgway library illegally hired new director

Ouray County Plaindealer: The Ridgway Public Library Board of Trustees violated state law when it hired new library Director Amy Baer last month, as it failed to notify the public beforehand that she was the sole finalist for the job.

Trustees offered her the position, which pays $55,000 per year, on July 5, and announced on the library website and bulletin board it had hired a new director. But under Colorado’s Open Meetings Law, public boards who manage taxpayer dollars, including local library boards of trustees, must release the name of a finalist for an executive position to the public 14 days before a contract is offered. In this case, Baer wasn’t announced as the sole finalist for the job before receiving a contract, as required by state law, though she took charge of the job in August.

Nearly two months into the job, Baer still doesn’t have an employment contract.

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