Peacock takes job in Pitkin County

Former Mesa County Administrator Jon Peacock was named Pitkin County manager Monday, giving Peacock a new home on the Western Slope.

Peacock beat out four other finalists for the post: Carbondale Town Manager Tom Baker, Larimer County Manager Frank Lancaster, Interim Pitkin County Manager Phyllis Mattice and Assistant Summit County Manager Scott Vargo.

Pitkin County officials are still hammering out contract details with Peacock but expect him to start around Jan. 3.

Pitkin County Commission Chairman George Newman said two groups of people — one consisting of county staff and the other consisting of county commissioners and community members — interviewed the five finalists. All, he said, had a very similar, positive impression of Peacock’s background and experience.

“What really stood out was his professionalism, his emphasis on creating community partnerships ... building consensus and team building,” Newman said.

He said the county also was impressed with the fact that Peacock’s experience in Mesa County made him familiar with many of the same issues facing Pitkin County, including budget constraints, public lands and environmental matters.

Peacock couldn’t be reached for comment Monday but indicated in a statement that his family “couldn’t be more thrilled about our move to the (Roaring Fork) valley.”

He made $125,000 a year with Mesa County. His Pitkin County salary hasn’t been determined yet, but the job was advertised with a base salary of $135,000.

He previously said he was interested in the Pitkin County position because he thought the county was well-managed and innovative and he wanted to stay on the Western Slope.

Peacock served as Mesa County administrator for 41⁄2 years before resigning in July to help manage his wife’s family estate.

He said he planned to take an indefinite sabbatical but ended up applying for the Pitkin County job four months after his resignation, saying his family was able to resolve matters more quickly than he anticipated.


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