Granby hires new code enforcement officer |

Granby hires new code enforcement officer

Granby's new Code Enforcement Officer, Rich Carlson, began his tenure on July 30.
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A new face is patrolling the streets and alleys of Granby this summer now that the tenure Granby’s new Code Enforcement Officer has begun.

On July 30 Illinois native and former law enforcement officer Rich Carlson started in his new position as Granby’s Code Enforcement Officer. Carlson, who is a US Army veteran, was selected for the new role of Code Enforcement Officer in Granby. The town created the position just this year.

As Code Enforcement Officer Carlson will oversee enforcement of the town’s noncriminal codes, covering a wide range of topics from blight and trash violations to improperly stored vehicles and sidewalk shoveling. Carlson previously served as a law enforcement officer in Illinois and has spent the last eight years working as a Forest Protection Officer for the US Forest Service here in Grand County.

Carlson, who lives in Fraser with his wife, will be busy during his first few months on the job, getting up to speed on town codes while working with senior officials in the Granby Police Department to establish the new code enforcement department. Carlson will enforce town codes under his new role but the code enforcement officer is not a sworn peace officer position and does not carry the same responsibilities or authorities as that of a standard police officer.

“We want to make Granby a safer, healthier and more attractive place to live,” Carlson said. “We want to be community oriented. We want to be out there in the community, talking with people and having some dialog. We want to educate people.”

Carlson noted the municipal code for the town of Granby can be found, in its entirety, on the town website

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