Aug 14, 2012 7:33 PM by Greg Boyce
Gov. John Hickenlooper, who had asked for the resignations of 10 county public trustees last month, today gave five their jobs back. He also picked new trustees for three counties. The search continues in two more counties.
Trustees in five counties were reappointed: George Kennedy in Douglas County; Thomas Mowle in El Paso County; Margaret Chapman in Jefferson County; Deborah Morgan in Larimer County; and Susie Velasquez in Weld County.
New trustees were named for three counties: Paul Weissmann, a former legislator and House Minority chief of staff, in Boulder County; Susan Orecchio, chief deputy public trustee in Adams County, in Adams County; and Saul Trujillo, acting chief investigator on the 10th Judicial District, in Pueblo County. Trujillo replaces Nick Gradisar, who cam under fire for renting office space for the trustee department from a law office he partially owns.
"It is essential that public servants maintain the public's trust," Hickenlooper said. "We expect that moving forward each of these trustees will continue to do just that."
The Governor's Office intends to seek legislative changes in January that deal with issues related to the state's public trustees. The changes will be proposed in concert with counties and members of the General Assembly. No matter what form the legislation may take, it must maintain transparency, accountability and consistency among public trustees statewide.
Each of the newly-appointed public trustees is aware his or her job may change depending on what kind of legislation is ultimately approved next year.