Jeremy Snow accepts county commission’s offer to serve as county attorney

Commissioners to offer Jeremy Snow county attorney position

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Jeremy Snow

In other action, the Moffat County Commission:

• Approved, 3-0, payroll warrant resolutions ending May 1 totaling $427,520.10.

• Approved, 3-0, payroll for social services.

• Approved, 3-0, a request for reimbursement from the Colorado Division of Wildlife for improvements to the Moffat County Public Safety Center pond as part of the Fishing is Fun grant totaling $21,484.58.

• Approved, 3-0, a monthly treasurer’s report.

• Approved, 3-0, to offer Jeremy Snow, chief deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the county attorney position.

• Approved, 3-0, a personnel requisition for two part-time detention deputies at the Moffat County Public Safety Center. The positions were reduced from full time.

Moffat County commissioner Tom Mathers said he knows the first thing he will tell Jeremy Snow when he starts as the county’s new attorney.

“I’m going to tell him, ‘Lose your suit, man,’” Mathers said. “This is a totally different kind of job down here.”

Snow, currently the chief deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, accepted the county commission’s offer Tuesday to replace county attorney Kathleen Taylor, who is retiring June 2.

The commission approved, 3-0, offering Snow the position.

Snow will start full time as the county attorney June 14. He will make $77,771.20 per year in the position.

On Monday, Snow will start working part time with Taylor to learn the county attorney position.

“It was a tremendous opportunity,” Snow said. “I couldn’t pass it up.”

Snow, a Harvard Law School graduate, has been with the District Attorney’s Office since 2006.

He has worked as the primary prosecutor on Moffat County’s most high-profile cases during his tenure, including prosecutions against accused murderer Terry Hankins, poacher Rodney Culverwell and former Craig Police Detective Ken Johnson.

Snow secured convictions in each case.

Snow said he was “very honored” by the com-

mission’s decision.

“I appreciate the fact that they trust me enough to do this job,” he said.

Snow said he enjoyed his work with the district attorney’s office, but he is looking forward to practicing an area of law he has an interest in.

Heading into law school, Snow said he had a passion for natural resources, water law, administrative law and local government law, among other areas.

“This is an area that will let me have the best of both worlds,” he said. “I will be handling some litigation for the county, I will be handling some social services … but at the same time, I get to practice in these areas that I have always been interested in.”

Snow said the choice to accept the position “had nothing to do with wanting to leave the (District Attorney’s) office.”

“I loved what I was doing,” he said. “I loved where I was and the people that I work with.”

Snow was one of three applicants interviewed for the position by a hiring board consisting of the county commission, department heads and county employees.

Four of the eight original applicants were slated to be interviewed, but one withdrew his application.

Taylor announced her retirement April 7 after serving as the county’s legal counsel for eight years.

The county would not release the names of the other job candidates.

Mathers said Snow was “head and shoulders over all the other applicants.”

“It was a juggle between the other ones before we got to Jeremy … there was no choice to make after we went through his,” Mathers said. “After we listened to him, it was pretty cut and dry.

“We knew he had the knowledge and the gumption to do this.”

Mathers, who made the motion to offer Snow the job, said Snow’s intelligence would serve the county well.

But, Mathers said that doesn’t necessarily mean Snow won’t have anything to learn.

“I think he is going to have to learn a lot,” he said. “Being an attorney for the county is totally different than being a prosecuting attorney.”

Snow agrees the job will be challenging at first, but the challenge of the job was what appealed to him.

Mathers also said serving the constantly-changing county commission would be a new experience for Snow.

“Instead of working for one boss upstairs, he is going to have a series of people that (are) his bosses,” he said. “He’ll have more than one person asking him to do things for their department.”

Snow said he looks forward to working with the commissioners.

Commissioner Audrey Danner said Snow was “clearly well qualified.”

“(He) brings a lot of qualities to the table with his talent, skill set, his education and I believe will serve the county well in his new position,” she said.

Commissioner Tom Gray said he thinks Snow will go “over and beyond” what would be required of him in the attorney’s position.

“He is confident,” Gray said. “He clearly said several times during the interview ‘I work for my employer. I do what needs to be done.’ That is what you look for in management.”

Comments

dexter 4 years, 7 months ago

This is a shame and the waste of taxpayers money. The only good out come of this is getting him the heck out of the DA's office. Bet the DA's staff are dancing in the halls. Snow spent a conservative figure of $100,000 dollars on a trial where the individual was found guilty by a jury for the exact same thing the individual tried to plea bargain for before going to trial. Snow's ego and outside influences got in the way though and it cost the taxpayers a huge chunk of money. Hold on Moffat County we are in for an expensive ride by an individual who likes to use cartoons for his opening and closing statements. No wonder our country is in the shape it is if that is what the Harvard Law School teachs them.

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kp81625 4 years, 7 months ago

I agree with you Dexter. Thank God he will be out of the DA's office. If I worked with him, I would be jumping for joy as well.

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nightwatch 4 years, 7 months ago

A HARVARD LAW GRADUATE AND WORKING IN CRAIG,,,WHAT A GAY PICTURE

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Anitadunnce 4 years, 7 months ago

Barry Soetoro, a fake Harvard law graduate (after all, he has now spent between $1.75M and $2.5M to hide both his law school transcript and his law review articles published during the time that he supposedly was Editor of the Harvard Law Review) and working in the Oval Office.... what a suspicious picture.

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TRIUMPH 4 years, 7 months ago

It should be made public that Tarry Hankins started a lawsuit against moffat county prior to Jermy Snow acceptance of the position of county attorney as he has a defininate conflict of interest and could not possibly represent moffat county in hankins case again the county. And with all this comes the question wasnt it real convinent these circumstances. when you site the Hankins Murder case remember that snow lied in his opening statement he said Terry Killed Cynthia for refusing him sex a out right lie a fabrication an un truth. Terry was never offered a plea bargain and ken johnson was whats up with that? Terry Hankins deserves a fair impartial jury a re trial is on ot's way. And when the facts are reviewed the public shal see snow for what he was and is.

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blueyes 4 years, 7 months ago

I have to say to nightwatch the use of the word gay was out of context. Please do not use this word in this way I feel offended. People think that too belittle a group of people who by the way are gay to this clown is way wrong. Mr. Snow is a dink and well must have been at the bottom of his class to take a job as a county attorney. I have to say I have seen him in action and well not someone that I want on my side of the fence at all. To have him as a person that is to represent the county oh we are in for trouble.

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nightwatch 4 years, 7 months ago

I HAVE TO SAY BLUE EYES THAT SAYING GAY WAS WRONG,,I SHOULD OF SAID ,,KEN JOHNSONS TWIN,,,I DID NOT MEAN TO OFFEND YOU

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blueyes 4 years, 7 months ago

Thanks nightwatch, its all good. You are so right he is Ken Johnsons twin.

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