Governor’s office trying to fill Mesa County trustee post

Gov. John Hickenlooper is still looking for someone to replace Paul Brown as the Mesa County public trustee.

Hickenlooper earlier this month replaced eight of the 10 trustees he hired after they resigned. The deadline to apply for one of the two vacancies that Hickenlooper didn’t immediately fill is Wednesday.

The governor’s office also is looking for a new Arapahoe County public trustee.

“We continue to search for the right candidate for the position,” said Eric Brown, the governor’s spokesman.

Hickenlooper declined to reappoint Paul Brown to the Mesa County post this month after the resignations became effective for the 10 trustees the governor appointed.

The trustees offered their resignations after stories in The Daily Sentinel and Denver Post detailed the actions of several trustees. Brown sought requests for proposals for the publication of foreclosure notices after signing an agreement for publication with the Denver-based publisher of the Fruita Times and Palisade Tribune.

Mesa County officials, who have long advocated the appointment of the county treasurer to handle the trustee’s duties, have had no discussions with the governor’s office to do just that, Commissioner Craig Meis said.

Trustees are paid $72,000 a year.

The treasurer’s office conducted the trustee’s business during much of the 1990s and the early years of this century.

Applicants must have a four-year college degree, five years of administrative or business experience and be able to provide a surety bond of $25,000. Applicants who don’t have a college degree must have 10 years of business or administrative experience.

Public trustees oversee the foreclosure process and release deeds of trust when loans are satisfied.

Sharon Ener, the chief deputy public trustee, is in charge of the office until a trustee is appointed.


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