Chief deputy to continue serving as treasurer

The board of commissioners has not made an official appointment


The Douglas County Board of Commissioners on April 16 approved a resolution allowing Chief Deputy Treasurer Peter Boyd to continue serving as county treasurer, a role he assumed when Diane Holbert resigned from her post mid-term to become the District 1 county commissioner.

The Douglas County Republican Party appointed Holbert on April 9 to fill a vacancy on the board of commissioners left by David Weaver, who accepted a presidential nomination as the United States marshal for Colorado. His term and Holbert's appointment will end in January.

Boyd as chief deputy automatically assumes the treasurer's role under state law until the board appoints someone to fill the vacancy.

The April 16 resolution does not formally appoint Boyd as treasurer. Instead, it allows him to continue assuming the treasurer's responsibilities until the board makes a formal appointment, which may not come until after results from the June primary election are certified.

“I believe we have before us a sound resolution that makes sense,” Commissioner Roger Partridge said. “We'll have the voters of Douglas County make the determination.”

Two Republican candidates are running for the Republican nomination for treasurer in the general election: Dave Gill and Bob Muni. Gill is the top line candidate, or the candidate receiving the most votes from delegates at the county assembly. As of the county assemblies in March, no Democratic candidate had declared to run for treasurer.

The resolution concerning Boyd states: “Due to the timing of the vacancy and the timing of the regular election cycle, the board does not wish to interfere with or give the appearance of interfering with the election or process for the 2018 election for the Office of the Treasurer nor does the board want to unnecessarily disrupt the regular business of the office of the treasurer by making any appointment that could potentially be short term.”

The resolution also states the board is willing to revisit appointing a treasurer once primary election results are certified.

Holbert voted against the resolution, which passed 2-1.

“I'd like to point out that there is merit and worth in accepting what the DCGOP, the Douglas County Republican Party, voted in at assembly,” Holbert said. “They made preference to two candidates. One of those candidates did take top line.”

Commissioner Lora Thomas offered a rebuttal, stating candidates for previous races, including her run for commissioner and Holbert's run for treasurer, won the primary despite not being the top-line candidate at the county assembly.

“The 400 or so members that voted in the assembly,” she said, “may not be in sync with the voters that will be voting in the primary in June of this year.”


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