Moffat County Commissioners hires new attorney

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The Moffat County Board of Commissioners will formally introduce the woman who will take over the job former county attorney Tom Thornberry.

Kathleen Taylor will take over the full-time position. She will begin work on June 14.

For the past 25 years, Thornberry has served the county as a contract attorney, keeping his private practice, while working with various counties entities on a case-by-case, and essentially part-time basis, Taylor explained.

"Now, I'll be the full-time county attorney, and basically creating some of the position, and its responsibilities as I go along," Taylor said. "When Tom Thornberry decided to end his involvement with the county, it was an opportunity that I had a strong interest in exploring. I've enjoyed my private practice, but it is exciting to start something new."

Taylor has been the attorney for the Moffat County Department for the past 17 years, so she is not a total stranger the workings of county government.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of the new role," she said.

Taylor is originally from Southern California. She graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 1980.

She moved to Craig in July, 1982 with her husband Jim Turner, "a native Coloradoan".

The following January, Taylor opened a private practice in Craig, and has been working within the community ever since.

"I'm definitely looking forward to assuming the duties, and serving this community with the County Commissioners and the various departments," Taylor said.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the Commissioners' meeting room of the Moffat County Courthouse. Tuesday's meeting begins at the same time in the same place.

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