Hot Sulphur Springs searches for new town clerk, public works director
Mayor Hershal Deputy of the town of Hot Sulphur Springs has announced the resignation of Town Clerk Barb Elliott on Feb. 15 and Public Works Director Jack Rickman on Feb. 8.
Both have served many years with the town and helped greatly during many challenges, he said.
“Their long service and dedication to the community is greatly appreciated” said Deputy.
During the transition Town Hall will remain open during business hours as usual.
The town is in the process of restructuring its staff and filling the positions, Deputy said.
“We have updated, reviewed and revised job descriptions. The vacancies have been advertised in local newspapers, professional journals and Internet,” he said. “We are accepting resumes and interviewing applicants.”
In the interim, the town has contracted with two individuals to oversee the operations of the water treatment and wastewater treatment facilities. Both individuals have Class A Water License and Class A Wastewater License, which are required to keep the town in compliance with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regulations, the mayor said.
“They will be directing our staff to operate and maintain our water and wastewater facilities.”
Elliott will serve as the election judge to oversee the upcoming municipal election on April 1.
“The first two months of 2008 have been very challenging for the town,” Deputy said. “The citizens of the community have been extraordinarily understanding and supportive and for that I thank them.”
The town staff has been called on to work long hours and in very cold temperatures to keep the streets plowed during the heavy snowfall, operated the water and wastewater treatment plant, and recently worked very quickly with local contractors to repair a water main break.
Town board members have been called on to volunteer extra hours to help with the operation of Town Hall, distribute bottled water, interview applicants, answer numerous phones calls and attend multiple meetings.
“This is a time of transition for our town, brought on by growth, the need to improve infrastructure, and address the ever-changing environment of our small community.” he said.
“The goal is to develop a more efficient, prepared and proactive town government. This will require a team effort from everyone, and I know we will achieve this goal.”
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