Letter of objection sent to BOCC following Jensen decision
August 2, 2016
A letter to the Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) from Georgia Noriyuki, of Noriyuki and Parker, P.C. Attorneys at Law, objects to the BOCC's decision not to reappoint Kim Jensen to the Grand County Library District Board of Trustees. Noriyuki, who represents the library district, states two main objections in the letter.
First, the letter states Jensen should be considered on her "knowledge, experience, and specific skill sets; based upon her personal qualifications." The letter references some of the Library District's Bylaws for the Trustee selection process including a "strong belief and commitment to providing library services to the community; firm belief in the importance of the library system; dedication to promote, and protect and advance the Library District; an advocate for libraries." It states that Jensen has contributed her time and energy to the library district with the best interest at heart, and there is no evidence otherwise.
The letter then references Commissioner Linke's comment from the July 19 BOCC meeting when, the letter states, he said Jensen's reappointment should be based on her merit and not upon current politics. The letter then suggests that the BOCC is evaluating Jensen on "recent events which have occurred since the Board of Trustees' recommendation" (to reappoint Jensen). According to the objection, Jensen should not be judged on opinions that may be conflicting between her and the BOCC.
The second objection states "to condition Jensen's reappointment on reviewing 'finances' from the Library District" is beyond the BOCC's authority. According to the letter, the BOCC should have known of the financial situations facing the library district, and they were presented with the appropriate supporting information. The letter states that the BOCC's reference to "finances" in not reappointing Jensen is vague and unspecified, and the BOCC has made "no request for the records of the Library District." According to the letter, it is the library district's responsibility to manage and control the district's funds, not the BOCC's responsibility.
The letter concludes with a statement from Noriyuki which begins: "It is my opinion that the Board of County Commissioners does not have the authority to condition an individual's reappointment to the Library District's Board of Trustees on either your disagreement with Ms. Jensen's opinions or your review or approval of finances."
The letter is available in the supporting documents for the Tuesday, August 2 BOCC meeting. As of press time, the commissioners had not commented on the decision not to reappoint Kim Jensen to the Grand County Library District Board of Trustees.