Leslie Klusmire’s two-month contract was officially extended with the Town of Paonia at the Jan. 10 Board of Trustees meeting. The only change is that she is working about 30 hours per week rather than the 24 hours as originally agreed when she initially took the role of interim administrator. 

Klusmire has created a new job description for the town administrator position and has a new way of attracting candidates as they resume their search. She said Paonia has a reputation for political strife and personal attacks and, rather than trying to hide their weaknesses, she said it is better to be open. Klusmire said applicants can easily view minutes or meetings and see the issues the town has had to deal with. Klusmire said Paonia is a wonderful community with a really smart council and that the town is moving forward in a positive direction, and she believes that will attract others. 

Staff Writer

Frank is a staff writer and photographer for the Delta County Independent. His beats include covering the North Fork area town meetings, the Delta County Commissioners' meetings and Delta County School Board. Although he enjoys covering hard news, his joy comes in writing positive features about businesses and people who are making a difference in the area. Contact Frank at 970-874-4421 or frankw@deltacountyindependent.com.

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