The town of Green Mountain Falls just can’t find a new marshal, meaning that it must rely on more help from the El Paso and Teller County sheriff agencies for an extended period.
Also, under one scenario, the town may end up with a new head manager before it secures a head law enforcement chief. Unless the town can resurrect a potential candidate from its secondary list of top marshal contenders, a GMF search committee may be back to square one.
Last week, the pursuit for a head law enforcement official hit a setback, as Mayor Jane Newberry conceded that the town has “parted ways” with its prime finalist pick for this position.
Details are still sketchy, but this finalist apparently couldn’t survive the final hurdles for the job, including physical and psych tests, and possibly more background checks.
“It’s not the news we were hoping for,” said the mayor, in an article in The (Colorado Springs) Gazette.
In the last several weeks, Newberry has been bullishly optimistic about the pick leaders had opted for. “He is just the person we are looking for,” said Newberry, in an earlier interview. Moreover, she touted the finalist’s skills in building agencies from the ground up.
In fact, many citizens were expecting a formal announcement at the board’s most recent meeting on Sept. 6. At that session, Newberry stated that the prime marshal finalist was in town to complete some final tests. A formal offer had already been made, with the would-be marshal.
Many local citizens and civic leaders expected that the new marshal would start assuming his duties this week.
The mayor declined to mention this person’s name. But according to sources, the finalist was from North Carolina and was heavily touted by a marshal search committee.
Since mid-April, Green Mountain Falls has experienced no local law enforcement protection. Former Marshal Tim Bradley and his volunteer staff abruptly quit, following the results of the 2016 municipal election.
One of the problems town leaders has confronted deals with a rigorous process for picking a new marshal. That process has delayed a final decision, as officials had to devise a detailed application process.
Interest in this position hasn’t been a problem. At one point, the town received nearly 50 letters of interest from a wide range of contenders from across Colorado and the United States. This occurred after the town received national attention for its lawless plight.
City leaders say they have received good cooperation from neighboring agencies. But many citizens are getting impatient, and want to see a new marshal on-board.
Sheriff deputies from El Paso and Teller counties can’t enforce any code enforcement violations and so are limited do in dealing with the local goose quagmire and addressing speeding downtown on a regular basis.
A Familiar Face to Head Woodland Park Special Projects
Woodland Park City Manager has announced another lineup addition in the local government, with Jane Mannon of Teller County assuming the reins as its new director of special projects.
This is part of a growing change in city operations, which now has new finance and public works directors. With a number of special projects in the works, the city now has started a new department
Mannon, though, is no newcomer to local government operations. She served extensively with Teller County as a planner and a senior planner/director for more than a decade. Her husband, Greg Winkler, previously served as the county’s head administrator for an extended period.
For a number of years, Mannon also served as the community affairs manager for the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company, owned by a South African company. But when CC&V was sold to the Colorado-based Newmont Corporation, the firm opted to take a different route in the handling of its community affairs and public relations activities.