Former director in Mesa County lands state job
Former Mesa County Administrator Chantal Unfug — forced out of the job by county commissioners in January — has landed a job as a division director with the state Department of Local Affairs in Denver.
Unfug, who previously held a number of jobs with the city and county of Denver before being hired as Mesa County’s top administration official in July 2011, will now serve as director of DOLA’s Division of Local Government, state officials announced Thursday. The division is one of four in the state agency.
Former Club 20 Executive Director Reeves Brown now holds that same position with DOLA, and announced Unfug’s hiring in a news release.
“We’re pleased Chantal brings an exceptional level of administrative, state and local government and community experience to this role,” Brown said in a statement.
According to DOLA spokeswoman Linda Rice, the division Unfug will now head provides financial and technical assistance to local governments across the state.
“Probably the lion’s share of our work is technical assistance, but we’re known for our Energy Impact grant program,” Rice said, adding that Unfug will lead a staff of about 40 people. The division counts eight regional managers throughout the state who deliver services at the local level.
Other programs under the umbrella of the Division of Local Government include the Community Development Block Grant program and the Conservation Trust Fund, Rice said. Other assistance the division offers includes help with budget preparation and local government administration and providing other data and research.
Rice did not know if any other candidates were interviewed for the job, but she said the open position was posted to solicit candidates.
Unfug will replace Tony Hernandez, who has served as division director since December 2007. She is expected to start the new job on June 3.
Unfug couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday.