Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed legislation that ends costly governor-appointed positions in 10 of the state’s major counties.
The governor’s office has long appointed public trustees in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Mesa, Pueblo, and Weld counties. Other counties in the state use treasurers to do the job of public trustees, which includes handling foreclosures and deeds.
Each position currently makes $72,500 annually.
House Bill 1295, signed Wednesday, ends the patronage positions and transfers the public trustee position to the respective county treasurer. The bill had bipartisan support in both chambers of the legislature.
Polis said the reforms will allow the job to be done more efficiently and save taxpayer dollars.
“This is not a role that is efficient for the governor to do, to appoint public trustees in several areas of the state,” Polis said prior to signing the bill.
“This job can be done more efficiently and without being overshadowed by the potential for patronage by having county treasurers do it,” he added.
Polis was flanked by Rep. Janice Rich, R-Grand Junction, and House Speaker KC Becker, D-Boulder.
The current appointment process dates back to 1894, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.