Palisade retracts administrator job offer, will wait a month

The Palisade Town Board will withdraw its town administrator job offer to interim Administrator Rich Sales and wait a month before extending the offer again in order to comply with a state law.

During a special meeting Wednesday afternoon, town trustees unanimously agreed to offer the permanent job to Sales, who has served in an interim role since Town Administrator Tim Sarmo resigned in July.

Colorado’s Open Meetings Law requires public bodies to notify the public of the finalists for a chief executive officer position at least 14 days before appointing someone to the post or offering the job to someone. Steve Zansberg, a Denver-based media law attorney, confirmed Thursday that the town violated that law by not providing sufficient public notice of the names of the finalists.

Town Clerk Carol Speakman said Thursday that town officials intend to use a story in Thursday’s Daily Sentinel that identified the four finalists for the town administrator job as the public notification of the finalists.

She said the Town Board will wait until its regularly scheduled Dec. 13 meeting to again offer the job to Sales.


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