Mesa County OKs contract for new leader

Mesa County commissioners on Monday unanimously approved an employment contract with new Administrator Chantal Unfug that spells out her salary, benefits and conditions under which she can receive severance pay.

The agreement calls for her to receive $125,000 annually, 18 days of vacation and other benefits extended to other county employees.

It also stipulates that she will receive six months’ severance pay should commissioners terminate her employment without providing her six months’ written notice. Unfug, however, will not receive severance pay if she voluntarily resigns her position or if the board terminates her employment because of “some act or omission ... which renders her, in the Board’s sole opinion, unable to continue to perform under this agreement.”

Commissioners last month tapped the current manager of Denver’s Parks and Recreation Department as the county’s next administrator, selecting her over Acting Regional Services Director Donna Ross, Lynda Boswell of Leavenworth, Kan., and Roger Kolman of Maricopa, Ariz.

The board had hoped Unfug would begin her new job this month, but Unfug wanted to honor a commitment she made to her current employer and won’t arrive in Mesa County until July 20.

In other business, commissioners signed a recreational easement agreement with the Colorado Division of Wildlife for the construction and maintenance of the Colorado Riverfront Trail section between Grand Junction and Fruita. The agreement allows the trail to pass through the Walter Walker State Wildlife Area and calls for the county and DOW to share the use of the parking lot at the wildlife area as a trail head parking area.


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