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Winter Park town clerk resigns

by Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Winter Park is losing Town Clerk Patti Garcia who is moving to the Front Range community of Windsor to become its new town clerk.

Garcia’s last day with the Winter Park’s town government will be Oct. 10. She will assume her new duties with Windsor on Oct. 13.

“The timing could not have been worse,” Garcia said. “But when opportunity knocks, I have learned that I need to open that door.”

Cat Linenberger has been appointed to be Garcia’s replacement as town clerk. She had served as deputy clerk for the past year.

“Cat will be taking my position here,” Garcia said. “She will do an amazing job.”

Garcia has been a part of Winter Park’s town government for the past four years. She has been the town clerk for the past two and a half years. For her first year and a half with the town, she served as the deputy clerk.

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“It has been a wonderful experience working for the Town of Winter Park and exciting be a part of all the changes here over the past four years,” Garcia said. “We have an amazing team here in this town government. It will be difficult to leave.”

The move was a family decision, Garcia explained. Her husband John Garcia is a pastor who recently accepted a job offer with a church in Greeley.

When the decision to move was made, Garcia applied for the clerk’s job at Windsor. Windsor’s town’s clerk had just announced she was retiring after 19 years.

More than 50 individuals applied for the Windsor town clerk’s position. A panel of town staff members, town attorney and another town’s clerk reviewed all of the candidates before they made their recommendation to pick Garcia.

“Windsor is a much larger community than Winter Park, but the duties of town clerk are pretty much the same,” Garcia said.

The Garcia family, which includes two daughters and a son, have been residents of Granby for the past 14 years.

The announcement that Garcia is leaving follows the announcements at last week’s Winter Park Town Council meeting that two key positions in Winter Park’s town government were undergoing major changes.

In a surprise announcement at its Sept. 16 meeting, Town Manager Dave Torgler tendered his resignation by letter to the council, which voted unanimously to accept it. No explanation was given by the council for the resignation other than to say it was “mutually agreed upon” between themselves and Torgler.

Torgler has served as the Winter Park Town Manager since August 2007. He could not be reached for comment. The council appointed Drew Nelson, the town’s planner, as the interim town manager.

In another decision affecting the town’s government at its Sept. 16 meeting, the council also approved a contract with JVA Consulting Engineers to take over the town’s engineering duties after Chuck Swanson announced he was leaving. JVA is a Boulder-based firm that has eight employees operating in Grand County.

The JVA employees will now be performing the duties of the town engineer. That position was held by Swanson for the past 11 years.

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