Letter: County meeting missed the mark on responding to citizen concerns
To the Editor:
Citizens of Grand County, if you didn’t attend the BOCC meeting Monday, I want to give you a recap: Instead of county officials answering questions like promised, it turned into a finger-pointing session. The target of the BOCC and the county manager was the Grand County Treasurer Tina Whitmer. Everybody needs to understand that the treasurer is an elected official, and she answers to the citizens of Grand County, not the BOCC or the county manager.
The treasurer also acts as the county bank, and does not monitor department deposits.
Maybe the Manager should have done her job and followed up on making sure that deposits were being made by the building department in a timely manner. It is the county manager’s job to manage all appointed officials, including the building official. It appears this is a clear lack of management by the county manager, who is trying to place blame on an elected official that reports to the taxpayers and who did raise the red flag more than once.
And sadly, I was a targeted at the meeting. This question was asked by Commissioner Merrit Linke: “Why did the leader of the group, Chas McConnell, knowing there was an investigation going on and there was suspected mismanagement of money with deposits going to the treasurer’s office, nominate her at the Grand County Republican Assembly? What is that connection about”?
My response: It was an honor and a privilege for me to nominate Chritians Whitmer. Her integrity is impeccable.
On a brief side note to the meeting: The BOCC did confirm that they called an illegal meeting ( in violation of The Sunshine Law ) with Tina Whitmer.
And it was also confirmed by a department head that a few years back, one check for over $100,000 wasn’t deposited for over a year, and other large checks ( for tens of thousands of dollars ), were being found in filing cabinets months and even years later. The county is verifying checks and dates, with amounts, so stay tuned.
Anybody seeing a trend here?
Chas McConnell (and John Dickinson), spokespersons
Citizens for Transparency in Grand County Government
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