Brown wants to remain trustee
Foreclosure official ignoring call to resign
Mesa County Public Trustee Paul Brown will reapply for the position he resigned at the governor’s request.
Brown said he would apply for the post shortly after conducting the weekly auction of foreclosed properties on Wednesday, in which he announced to more than two dozen bidders that “I have been asked by the governor to resign in 30 days.”
Brown also told the bidders that there would “probably be a new person” running the auction in a few weeks.
Except to say that he would reapply, Brown declined to comment on the circumstances of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s request that he and nine other county public trustees in Colorado resign.
Public trustees in Colorado oversee the foreclosure process and conduct the auctions of foreclosed properties. The governor appoints trustees in the state’s most populous counties. In the others, the county treasurer usually conducts business of the public trustee.
Hickenlooper sought the resignations of all the trustees he appointed after The Denver Post published a series of stories about their spending practices. An article focused on Brown, who had asked The Daily Sentinel to respond to a request for proposal for the publication of foreclosure notices after he already had signed a no-bid contract with the Denver-based publisher of the Palisade Tribune.
Brown has declined to comment on the stories.
Brown got a vote of confidence from Mesa County commissioners.
“I have full faith in Paul Brown and no reason to doubt his integrity,” Commissioner Janet Rowland said.
If Hickenlooper doesn’t reappoint Brown, he should consider appointing the Mesa County treasurer to the post, Rowland said.
Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca said he was not surprised that Brown would seek reappointment, noting that if he were rejected he would be presented with a reason for it.
The commissioners, Acquafresca said, have had “no complaints about his performance in terms of being the trustee.”