Former county finance director announces commissioner bid
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.
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.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
The Sky-Hi News strives to deliver powerful stories that spark emotion and focus on the place we live.
Over the past year, contributions from readers like you helped to fund some of our most important reporting, including coverage of the East Troublesome Fire.
If you value local journalism, consider making a contribution to our newsroom in support of the work we do.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
West Grand seniors Rene Dominguez, right, and Angel Dominguez pass the baton during one of the nighttime relays at the 2021 Joe Shields Invitational at WGHS.