CFO at county resigns

Mesa County officials are considering what to do after the resignation last week of Chief Financial Officer Scott Stewart, who left for personal reasons.

County Administrator Frank Whidden, who two years ago hired Stewart for the $105,000 post, said he would bring in a certified public accountant to help out temporarily in the finance department while Whidden considers his next step.

Stewart, who resigned June 12, had pursued several methods of increasing county revenues as county coffers have shrunk.

Among Stewart’s initiatives was one to boost revenues by $250,000 by requiring contractors to pay use taxes to obtain certificates of occupancy on new construction. He also was looking at ways for the county to gain sales taxes lost to online sales.

Whidden said he had no timeline for deciding how to replace Stewart. “I’m not going to be in any hurry,” he said.


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