Entrepreneurial approach could benefit government

It’s heartening that the leaders of Grand Junction, Mesa County and School District 51 are willing to accept salary freezes and even pay reductions for themselves.

Mesa County Administrator Jon Peacock’s salary remains at $125,004 this year; Grand Junction City Manager Laurie Kadrich is seeing her salary slip from $157,913 to $153,337 and District 51 Superintendent Steve Schultz’ salary will hold steady at $150,000.

Mesa State College President Tim Foster’s salary of $248,200 is up to the college board of trustees.

Foster has a more free hand than others in the leadership of local government and he has certainly exercised it to the benefit of Mesa State.

The rule of thumb in recessions is that the less educated suffer more.

Mesa State College’s growth suggests that real inroads can be made in the educational-attainment level of western Colorado.

That bodes well for the long-term future of the region.

It also could be that a more entrepreneurial approach such as that pioneered at Mesa State would do wonders for the county, city and school district. There are reasons they can’t be as flexible as Foster and Mesa State, perhaps, which should tell us something about how important it is for local government to be allowed to seek new ways to deal with continuing challenges.


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