Moffat County Commission announces new department, director

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Since adopting its strategic plan in June 2011, the Moffat County Commission has been streamlining government operations to make them more effective and efficient.

In less than a year commissioners have restructured or combined a number of departments to eliminate the possibility of duplicating county services.

Most recently, the county’s planning and building offices, directed by Jerry Hoberg and Pat Mosbey respectively, were merged to create the department of development services.

“This is just another example of creating efficiencies by rearranging departments,” commissioner Audrey Danner said. “As we’ve done with facilities and parks and rec.”

The new department was created in response to a reduction in state and federal funds used for capital improvement projects in the past.

Danner said the county plans to tackle those projects internally, and decided it needed a new employee to oversee and manage capital improvement projects to ensure they stay on course and within budget.

The commissioner’s next task was to find a candidate to “complement the skills Hoberg and Mosbey bring to the table,” and serve as director of the new department.

Commissioners on Tuesday announced Roy Tipton, 51, had earned the position.

His first day was Wednesday.

Tipton, a native of Littleton, has worked in construction since 1983. In his 29 years in the business Tipton has built a strong background in workforce housing development, building construction, and road and bridge projects.

He has past experience as a project manager in the private sector and spent the better part of the last 10 years running a construction company.

“Roy is very qualified and will bring to the job his ability to work with staff and department heads within the county and the community,” Danner said. “This helps us to further develop the services of building and planning and project management within the county because we intend to do more projects ourselves.”

Tipton moved to the Yampa Valley near Elkhead Reservoir with his family in 2003 to take advantage of the thriving construction markets in Craig, Hayden and Steamboat Springs.

Since the economy soured in 2008, Tipton admits it has been a struggle for those in his line of work.

He said he’s thankful for the opportunity not only to participate in something brand new, but to keep his family in a region it loves.

“There is not a lot going on around here in terms of construction, and this opportunity intrigued me because it’s a new challenge with the combining of departments and starting something new,” Tipton said. “Honestly, my family and I have a lot of passion for Craig. We live out by Elkhead Reservoir and we spend the bulk of our time here.”

Tipton said his family is already looking forward to becoming full time residents of Craig, a move he hopes to accomplish within the next six months.

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