Saturday, January 27, 2007
Steamboat Springs New Sheriff Gary Wall will keep his office at the Routt County Sheriff's Office west of town.
Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said Friday there is not enough room at the Routt County Courthouse to house another county official. Instead, Stahoviak said the Routt County Board of Commissioners offered Wall a conference room to hold daily, weekly or monthly hours.
Wall said he's not interested.
"That was never my intention," he said. "I wanted an office downtown that would allow me to be more involved in county government and more accessible to other county officials."
Wall did not attend a work session when the commissioners were discussing the matter, Stahoviak said.
"We suggested that if he feel this is an important way to reach the citizens of Steamboat Springs that he establish some type of open hours in North Routt, South Routt and West Routt," she said.
Wall said he never expected residents to come visit him in downtown Steamboat Springs.
"That's not what I was asking for," he said. "I'll get out of my office to reach the residents. It wasn't necessarily to meet people. I wanted more access to meetings and other things. "
Stahoviak said the plan to remodel the Routt County Courthouse to give the commissioners a larger meeting room and to bring other county officials together simply did not leave enough room for Wall to have office space in the building.
"If they don't have space, they don't have space," he said. "It's fine."
Wall campaigned heavily on being more accessible. He said putting his office downtown was a way to do that and he said the plan "resonated well" within the community.
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