Dechant exit to cost Mesa County $32,000

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I could not believe this. Mr. Dechant has served this county honorably for years.  He has been approachable and in all of my dealings with him and his staff, transparent with logical reasoning.  The fact that prior “Republican” (I use this tag extremely loosely) Commissioners decided to make decisions adverse to “TABOR” perceived restrictions is no reason to encourage removal of a man that will cost the taxpayers more money AGAIN, like when Chantel Unfug was “fired.”  Mr. Dechant takes years of valuable historical knowledge from the county.  I totally agree with Commissioner Aquafresca to oppose his resignation. Mr. Justman and Ms. Pugliese need to remember, what goes around, comes around.  They have been fiscally irresponsible since taking office. I would like to have a cost analysis breakdown of this $85,000 of legal outsourcing. Similar statements were made when Unfug was removed. Unfug cost the taxpayers up the yahzoo in a “settlement” and then her replacement was hired at a significantly increased level of pay and benefits to the detriment of taxpayers.  What is going on that our long time county employees are jumping ship? Thank you for your service to this County Mr. Dechant.

Dechant is a good man.  I dealt with him several times on open records issues.  He was always courteous to a fault with the public, yet always had the Commissioners’ back.  Justman and Pugliese are going to miss him more than they realize.

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