Sarmo says so long

Tim Sarmo’s five years as Palisade town administrator have included some major changes for the town, and some stormy times, as well. Through it all, Sarmo has remained a quiet professional administrator, a booster for the town and its projects, but someone who generally stays out of the limelight and is not in the center of the town’s political frays.

That’s typical of the man who spent 21 years working with elected and appointed officials of all political persuasions and personalities while he served as regional manager of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Sarmo submitted his resignation, effective Sept. 30, to the Palisade Town Board last week, explaining that he and his wife, Allison, want to spend more time traveling.

Sarmo’s Palisade tenure included reconstruction of the town’s main intersection, with a small pavilion, where the weekly farmers market and other events are now held. It also saw the opening of a large new hotel in the town limits and continued growth of the annual wine and peach festivals. Under his administration, efforts were initiated to reconstruct the town’s wastewater system and to move some town offices to the old Palisade High School.

But there have also been setbacks, such as a proposed water park that could never overcome federal obstacles, and a town-sponsored bluegrass festival that has yet to show a profit. And the recall of former Mayor Dave Walker last fall caused a schism in the town.

Still, Sarmo has served the town well as a hard-working, efficient administrator. Perhaps, when his wanderlust has diminished, he will find new ways to serve communities on the Western Slope.


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