Peacock’s performance deserving of our praise

Jon Peacock was young when he took over as Mesa County administrator five years ago, just 33. But the list of county accomplishments during his tenure would be enviable additions to any public official’s r&233;sum&233;.

The bridge over the Colorado River at 29 Road was opened to the public, providing an important new route to handle traffic to and from Orchard Mesa. And this year, construction began on a bridge over the railroad tracks at 29 Road, a joint project between the county and the city of Grand Junction.

The first county-operated methamphetamine center in Colorado opened as part of a new work-release facility. The center has drawn high praise from nearly all quarters.

Mesa County just approved a $17 million lease-funding program that will allow it to open a new administrative center, consolidate a variety of county offices, speed up needed road work, make improvement at the county fairgrounds and add to riverfront improvement — all without raising taxes.

Perhaps most important, and least noticeable, is the fact that Mesa County entered the current economic recession with a significant budget reserve and has weathered the financial storm better than many local governments.

We don’t mean to suggest that Peacock is solely responsible for these accomplishments. The county commissioners set the policy for county government. The administrator carries out those policy decisions. And Peacock has been fortunate to have some highly talented staff to help him implement the commissioners’ decisions.

But Peacock headed up these county efforts with calm aplomb. And he’s helped the commissioners come up with innovative ideas for dealing with difficult problems.

Despite working on controversial projects and with what was often a deeply divided Board of County Commissioners, Peacock has retained the respect of nearly all who deal with him.

One of the best decisions Commissioners Craig Meis, Janet Rowland and then-Commissioner Tilman Bishop made in 2005 was to name Peacock county administrator. His talent and patience will be missed. We wish him the best as he takes his leave later this month to deal with family issues.


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