Moffat County commission interviews candidates for attorney job

Moffat County is a step closer to knowing who will serve as its next attorney.

A hiring board consisting of the Moffat County Commission along with current county attorney Kathleen Taylor, department heads and county employees met Thursday to interview candidates for the job.

Eight applicants applied for the position, three of which were interviewed Thursday by the hiring board. One candidate withdrew his application before being interviewed.

Taylor, who has served as the county’s legal counsel for eight years, announced her retirement April 7 in a letter to the Moffat County Commission.

Her last day will be June 2.

The county commission will name the next county attorney at its meeting Tuesday. The county will not release the candidate names.

Candidates were asked the same set of 24 questions ranging from topics such as knowledge of natural resources and public lands, to familiarity with Sunshine Law and the Open Records Act.

The hiring board also looked at each candidate’s skill sets, initiative, work ethic, personal values and interest in local government.

They also asked about how the attorney will interact with the media, take public criticism and deal with the stress and deadlines that come with the job.

The starting date of the new county attorney is not known, but Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner said the commission is hoping to start the new attorney as soon as possible.

The county commission will determine the new county attorney’s starting salary based on the candidate’s qualifications. The new attorney is expected to start somewhere between $76,000 and $85,000 per year, Danner said.

After interviewing the candidates, the hiring board discussed each candidate, their qualifications and concerns each had about the individuals.

Commissioner Tom Mathers said the decision will not be an easy one for him to make.

“They all have great educations and they have all had countless jobs in different areas, which a lot of them weren’t county-type areas, but we aren’t going to find an attorney that is qualified in every aspect of the county,” he said. “(The new attorney) is going to have to be taught a lot of stuff.”

Mathers said there were small differences in the candidates but they were equally qualified for the job.

“Because all of (the candidates) were so close, I basically looked for personalities,” he said. “The honesty of the answering of the questions and where they came from, the size of the town.”

Mathers said he also asked how the candidates would handle the task of advising an ever-changing body of commissioners.

“We think one way, the commission does right now, but every two years it changes,” he said. “(The attorney’s) whole thought process might change if you get some green people in the commissioners office.”

Commissioner Tom Gray said he looked for a good work ethic, a desire for the job and the qualifications of each candidate. He said he felt one of the candidates was “clearly better than the others.”

Gray said personality played a factor in how he will evaluate the candidates also.

“Of course you look for that (as part) of all of the things you look for in a manager-type person,” he said. “It includes how they communicate and that is part of the personality.”

Comments

dexter 3 years, 11 months ago

One of the canidates for the position is Jeremy Snow the asst. DA. Hurry, quick call your county commissioners and let them know why he should not be the next attorney for Moffat County. He has cost the county thousands of dollars because he lets his ego get in the way of what is right.

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justthefacts 3 years, 11 months ago

Fact: The County Commissioners don't listen to the Attorney they have now.

Comment: Why hire another one?

Fact: The Commissioners want an Attorney that understands the very Sunshine law that they violate daily.

Fact: A visit "downstairs" any ol time will see the commissioners huddled up with the Resource Manager, (aka; " the fourth commissioner") department heads, etc, making decisions outside of the public view and process.

Comment: We need a glass window in the Natural Resource Manager's offfice. ( That is where the real management of the County occurs!!!)

Comment: Who is in there today?

Fact: The Commissioners want a personality that fits them.

Fact: That person is not out there!!!!!!!. ( What kind of person would that be? Deranged? Derelict? Depressed? ) I know there are more words that don't start with D, what could they be????

Most Attorney's won't want to be micro-managed or have to be constantly covering the be-hinds of Commissioners that don't listen to them.

Comment: Kathleen did an amazing job considering the group she was working for. ( Have a good, restful, no stress, retirement Kathleen.) The nightmares of dealing with Moffat County Commissioners will diminish with time dear.

Just the Facts, blogging for truth, justice and the American way.

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Anitadunnce 3 years, 11 months ago

Justthefacts:

Fact: Only a self-righteous person who is full of himself would refer to his own opinions as "fact".

Fact: You sound extremely bitter, angry, depressed, frustrated. Please do not go to camp in Pakistan for training to solve your problems. (blink)

Fact: No one gets along with a critical, judgmental man like you, with the sole exception of your wife, and she is just about done with you, too.

Fact: You make most of us very glad that you are not an elected official. (blink) (blink) (blink)

Fact: We all wonder why you are wasting the salary you are paid posting online at the CDP.

Fact: You call others hypocrites online, but you never respond to bona fide criticism of you.

Just the facts and a whole bunch more........

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