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Commissioners to hold regular staff meetings

Hank Shell

The Grand County Board of Commissioners will begin holding regular Monday staff meetings to facilitate communication between the board and staff.

The board announced that it would start holding meetings at 8 a.m. on Mondays following a discussion about the current search for a new county manager at its April 5 meeting.

During the meeting, Greg Winkler with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs described what the meetings would look like.

The board will exchange ideas and directives with staff including the county manager and county attorney.

“It’s an opportunity for the manager to inform the board of the daily workings of the government,” Winkler said. “It also gives the board the opportunity to discuss that, to talk among themselves, to create the camaraderie among themselves, to create a better understanding amongst themselves.”

The public will be allowed to attend the meetings, though there will be no public comment period and minutes will not be taken.

Winkler suggested that a list of discussion items be kept for each meeting to be given to members of the public that ask about the contents of the meeting.

The idea for regular staff meetings with the board of commissioners first surfaced during a special meeting regarding County Attorney Alan Hassler’s investigation into securities in the county treasurer’s office on March 29.

At that time, Commissioner Kris Manguso criticized what she said was a lack of communication between Hassler, the board and the treasurer regarding the investigation of the calling of two securities in the treasurer’s office.

The idea was put forth to hold regular staff meetings to improve communication. The board agreed that meetings could improve communication, though the commissioners disagreed on how information from the meetings would be made public.

Manguso suggested the meetings should be streamed or minutes should be taken.

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