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

Commissioners to offer Jeremy Snow county attorney position

Brian Smith

Jeremy Snow

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.

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"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."

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.

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