Public trustee newly appointed

Michael Moran

Michael Moran, a Grand Junction native who returned to the Grand Valley about 18 months ago, will take over as Mesa County public trustee Thursday.

Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Moran to the post Friday. He replaces Paul Brown, who was among several public trustees statewide to resign at the governor’s request in August.

Moran, 48, served a term in the Ohio Legislature between 2009 and 2011 and was a member of the Hudson, Ohio, City Council.

As an attorney handling real estate and bankruptcy matters, “I’ve had the occasion to see what the public trustee’s office does,” Moran said Friday.

He will resign his position with the law firm of Chris Mahre and Associates to take over as the public trustee, he said.

The governor appoints public trustees in 10 of the state’s most populous counties to oversee the foreclosure process and conduct auctions of foreclosed properties.

In most counties, the treasurer conducts those duties and the Mesa County Commission previously has sought to have the governor appoint the county treasurer to handle those duties.

The trustee’s post pays $72,000 a year.

Moran said he had no expectations about the future of the post in Mesa County and no immediate plans for changes in the way the office operates.

“It’s important we have a transparent office and one that operates efficiently,” Moran said, noting that experienced staff already is working in the office.

Moran, a 1983 Grand Junction High School graduate, earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado in 1988 and his law degree from Georgetown University in 1991.

He has worked for a corporate law firm, for a contractor for the U.S. Department of Justice, and for a law publishing company.

He and his wife, Barbara, have two daughters.


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