Grand County approves employment contract with Curran |

Grand County approves employment contract with Curran

The Grand County Board of Commissioners has approved a contract to employ County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran as a water negotiator after she leaves her county manager’s post on Sept. 7.

Curran announced her resignation on Aug. 11. The board had previously discussed the possibility of maintaining a relationship with Curran for water negotiations.

The employment contract, approved at the board’s Sept. 1 meeting, outlines Curran’s new role as a part-time temporary employee and representative in negotiations on various water issues including Grand Lake clarity, the Moffat Firming Project, Windy Gap Bypass and Windy Gap Firming Project, among others.

Curran will be paid a salary of $2,000 per month and will not receive benefits.

The contract will end April 9, 2016, though either party may terminate the agreement at any time. If there is no prior termination, the contract will renew for an additional six months to Oct. 9, 2016.

Curran, who has been with the county for 33 years, has played a major role in county water negotiations including those with Denver Water pertaining to the Moffat-Gross Expansion Project.

The results of those negotiations earned her both praise and criticism.

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