Former county finance director announces commissioner bid
March 12, 2016
Former Grand County Finance Director Scott Berger has announced his intent to run as a Republican for District 1 County Commissioner.
"The fate of Grand County has come down to the next four-year commissioner term," Berger wrote in a letter to local media. "Without addressing the financial challenge brought on by the real estate market, construction and mill slowdowns, etc., the County will be bankrupt. We do not have the time for long learning curves in County management."
Berger resigned from his post as finance director on Dec. 4, 2015, after the county completed its 2016 budget.
At the beginning of the 2016 budget process, Berger told the Grand County Board of Commissioners that its previous policy of passing budgets with large deficits was ushering the county toward bankruptcy.
At the time of his resignation, Berger told the Sky-Hi News that he had "done everything" he could as finance director after the board of county commissioners passed deficit-heavy budgets year after year.
Berger started with Grand County in May 2006.
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In his most recent letter, Berger said that while he has "complete faith and the utmost confidence in the County elected officials," he is running because he has "knowledge critical to resolving the current situation."
Berger joins Republican Rich Cimino in challenging incumbent Commissioner Jane Tollett, a Democrat, who took office after former Commissioner James Newberry resigned under the terms of a plea deal related to embezzlement charges.
Berger and Cimino must receive at least 30 percent of the vote during the Grand County Republican County Assembly on March 20 to get on the primary ballot.
Candidates who receive at least 10 percent of the vote can petition onto the ballot.
Hank Shell can be reached at 970-557-6010.