Mesa County Human Services official steps down after three-year stint

The head of the Mesa County Department of Human Services is leaving his post after what was termed a mutual agreement between him and the county commissioners.

Len Stewart, who has headed the department for more than three years, will remain on the job through this week, and his last day will be Monday, county spokeswoman Jessica Peterson said.

The commissioners were “very appreciative” of Stewart’s work at the department, Peterson said.

“We’ve been very happy with Len Stewart,” Commissioner Steve Acquafresca said Tuesday.

The commission, however, had been discussing budget cuts with Stewart, and there were concerns “about his ability to assimilate the directive” from the commissioners, Acquafresca said.

No other information was immediately available.

Commissioner Janet Rowland, a former employee of the department, couldn’t be reached for comment, and no other information was immediately available Wednesday.

Stewart was hired after the commissioners fired James Garrett after a difference over how the department should deal with recipients of services, including mothers who were using methamphetamine.

Tracey Garchar is to head the department temporarily until the commission finds a permanent replacement.


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