GarCo will continue manager search; Teck passed up

Former state Sen. Ron Teck won’t be the next Garfield County manager.

Neither will the four other finalists for the job, after county commissioners decided Monday to pass on hiring any of them.

“We need an individual that’s the right fit. I did not feel that any of those five were the right fit,” County Commissioner Mike Samson.

Teck, now intergovernmental operations officer for El Paso County, was a state senator from Mesa County through 2006, and earlier served as Mesa County assessor. The other four candidates were from out of state.

Garfield commissioners indicated they plan to resume the search for a new manager later in the year rather than immediately. County attorney Drew Gorgey is serving as acting manager, and Samson said commissioners will need to reshape that temporary arrangement in a way that he’s not overburdened.

Commissioners fired longtime manager Ed Green at the start of the year, citing a desire to take the county in a new direction.

Teck voiced disappointment over not being hired but said he realized he didn’t have the level of countywide management experience commissioners might have been looking for.

“I was pretty excited about the prospect of getting the job, but that’s just the way the chips fall sometime,” he said.

After his Senate stint, Teck moved to the Denver area to take a job with a consulting engineering firm, with the plan that he and his wife would sell their Mesa County home and relocate there. After that job fell victim to the recession, he found a position he said he really likes with El Paso County, but the declining real estate market has meant his wife is still living in Grand Junction.

Teck said he’s not actively looking for a job in western Colorado but would consider the right opportunity.

Commissioner John Martin said all five were professional, and he was impressed by the candidates’ diversity. But commissioners also agreed ahead of time they wanted to select what they all considered to be a “knock-your-socks-off” candidate, and they should resume their search if necessary.

Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said the commissioners’ hiring decision also needs to be unanimous. Samson said comments to commissioners from the public, other county elected officials and others “were all over the board” about the candidates after public meetings with the candidates last week.


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