The Douglas County Board of Commissioners was set to consider appointing Dave Gill to fill a vacancy in the treasurer's office on July 10, which it ultimately did, but not before discussion again …
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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners was set to consider appointing Dave Gill to fill a vacancy in the treasurer's office on July 10, which it ultimately did, but not before discussion again turned to Commissioner Diane Holbert and her position on the board.
Commissioner Lora Thomas called for Holbert to resign from the three-member board following primary election results in hopes the Republican victor, Abe Laydon, could be appointed as soon as possible. Thomas said she'd received some pushback against the idea.
“Often when leaders take a stand they receive criticism,” she said, although she did not budge in asking Holbert to step down.
Holbert and Laydon were the two Republican candidates who ran for District 1 commissioner in the primary. Laydon will face Democrat Mary Lynch in the November general election.
Holbert is currently serving in the position after being elected April 9 through the Douglas County Republican Party Vacancy Committee to fill the seat, left vacant that month by David Weaver. Weaver left office on April 1 to accept a presidential appointment as the United States marshal for Colorado.
Holbert resigned from her position as Douglas County treasurer to accept the appointment as commissioner. Deputy treasurer Peter Boyd assumed the treasurer's duties until commissioners took up a vote to appoint Holbert's successor, something the board chose not to do ahead of the primary. Gill defeated Bob Muni in the Republican primary on June 26.
Thomas on July 10 again called for Holbert to step down as commissioner, this time saying Holbert should return to her post as treasurer.
Holbert's position did not change from the night of the June 26 primary, where she said she'd continue serving as commissioner through January, when Weaver's term was set to end.
Diana Love, a Franktown resident and Laydon supporter, spoke in favor of Thomas' proposal. She was joined by other Franktown residents who echoed her remarks.
“The delegates don't represent all of the voting citizens of Douglas County, and at the primary, the citizens were heard,” Love said. “We sincerely appreciate your work as treasurer.”
Former state Sen. Tom Wiens came to Holbert's defense, stating procedures to fill vacancies have been in place for years and were worth respecting.
“It's important for the people of this state to know that we have highly-defined, precise systems upon which to operate,” he said.
Commissioner Roger Partridge said he'd respect Holbert's decision to stay in office.
“Thank you for all of the comments. That's what we're all about... to let your voice be heard,” Holbert said following public discussion.
She further defended her position as commissioner, saying she wanted to uphold the April 9 vote and her experience as treasurer would be needed once the board approaches budget discussions.
The board concluded the discussion with a 3-0 vote appointing Gill as treasurer. Gill — a commercial mortgage banker, residential mortgage lender and auditor from Sedalia — was immediately sworn in July 10 following the meeting.
Gill will face Democrat Angie Hicks in the general election.
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