Cedaredge town clerk is 'let go'

By Hank Lohmeyer

The Cedaredge Town Board made a number of official appointments during its April 21 meeting; but trustees' nomination and voting for one appointment, that of Town Clerk Patricia Luna, was conspicuously missing.

Though Luna's name and position were included with nine other appointments on the agenda and her appointment was indicated as an "action item," no motion to nominate her for the post was made by any trustee, and the appointment of town clerk was left unfilled.

Mayor Gene Welch referred questions about the matter to town administrator Katie Sickles, who, responding to a DCI inquiry by email, stated that as a result of not receiving an appointment as town clerk, Luna was "let go."

The email stated: "Appointments took place at the April 21 meeting. There was no motion, therefore no action on the town clerk position. With no appointment, Patricia Luna was let go from employment.

"We will advertise and currently we have a May 12 noon deadline for applications. The estimated time to fill the position will take four to six weeks.

"Town hall staff will assume the duties until the position is filled."

Other appointments made by the board during the April 21 meeting were: Ray Hanson, mayor pro-tem; trustee Patti Michael, treasurer; Katie Sickles, town administrator; J. Chris Anderson, deputy town clerk and clerk of the court; Tammera Francis, financial director; Dan Sanders, chief of police; and Steve Harper, town attorney.