The county administration is working to enlist an interim county planner until a permanent planner can be hired.
County administrator Robbie LeValley said last week that efforts to hire a planner for the short term had not yet succeeded. The long-term plan is to advertise for and hire a new planner for the county in the wake of the resignation of Dave Rice from the post on Aug. 14.
According to the county personnel department, Rice began work with the planning department in 2004 and became the county's senior planner in 2007.
Until the planner post is filled, LeValley said department staff is available to help the public with any inquiries or needs.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.