Commission names new Moffat County attorney
In other action ...
At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:
• Approved, 2-0, a special events permit for the Craig Chamber of Commerce to operate a beer garden at the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.
• Approved, 2-0, lease amendments and joinders between the Museum of Northwest Colorado and Endeavor Operating Corp.
• Approved, 2-0, lease amendments and joinders between the Museum of Northwest Colorado and SWEPI, LP.
• Approved, 2-0, hiring a part-time custodian for the facilities department.
• Approved, 2-0, hiring a full-time seasonal employee for the Sherman Youth Camp.
• Discussed implementing burn permits or burn restrictions with Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz.
• Discussed the Colorado River Basin with Meghan Trubee, of the National Parks Conservation Commission.
— Commissioner Tom Mathers was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.
Following months of discussion, workshops and interviews, the Moffat County Commission extended an offer Tuesday to a candidate vying for the county attorney position.
Rebecca Tyree, who currently serves as the assistant county attorney for Logan County, accepted the position by phone shortly after commissioners approved the offer.
“I’m excited to be working with Moffat County,” Tyree said. “I liked what I saw when I interviewed with them and I like the people I will be working with.”
For the last 11 ½ years, Tyree has handled cases for the Logan County Social Services Department on child welfare, adult protection and child support enforcement.
She will have a similar focus when she starts Thursday in Moffat County.
“I feel like I am well-prepared to handle those challenges,” Tyree said. “Some of the other challenges I will absolutely be on a learning curve, but I’m excited to be doing that.”
Tyree is replacing Jeremy Snow, whose last day as county attorney is June 1.
Snow will work until the end of this month to help integrate Tyree into her new position.
But, Tyree is already familiar with her new environment.
Before her hiring as county attorney, Tyree was extended a contract to assist the county with any “overflow” from the Moffat County Social Services Department.
“Traditionally the county would contract out Department of Social Services cases when there was too much work for one person to handle,” Snow said. “Because of her expertise in social services, the board decided to hire her to handle those cases and contract out any additional work, most likely in the natural resources area.”
Essentially, Snow said, the commission has decided to flip flop the types of cases it would handle in-house with those it would need to contract out.
Before its May 8 meeting, commissioners had narrowed the field of attorney applicants down to two, but decided to table the offer for a week when one of the candidates pulled out from consideration.
County officials hosted a workshop May 9 to assess the types of skills they wanted in a county attorney and ultimately decided to extend Tyree an offer.
However, the decision had to be made during a public meeting, which the commission unanimously approved Tuesday by a 2-0 vote.
Commissioner Tom Mathers was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.
Although sad to see Snow moving on, Sue Bengston, Moffat County paralegal, is looking forward to working with Tyree.
“She’s very warm feeling, I don’t know how else to describe it,” Bengston said. “She’s very soft spoken, but I hear she can be tough when she needs to be. I’m very excited to have her onboard.”