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Minturn re-elects ‘Hawkeye’ as town’s mayor

MINTURN — Mayor Gordon “Hawkeye” Flaherty will spend another two years on what he calls the best job in Eagle County.

Flaherty was re-elected to Minturn’s mayor seat on Tuesday, receiving 95 votes to challenger Frank Lorenti’s 41 votes received.

“Doing things for people and trying to make things better around town, that’s why I love it,” Flaherty said Tuesday night.

This will be Flaherty’s sixth term as mayor.

NEW BLOOD

Minturn also had a Town Council election on Tuesday, but with only four people running for the four possible seats, it wasn’t much of an election.

Nevertheless, the person with the least amount of votes only received a two-year term, as opposed to the four-year terms the top three vote earners received.

Matt Scherr received the most votes with 105.

One of the things Scherr said he’s looking forward to tackling as a councilman is the organization of town management and staff.

“I don’t think there’s a process. We need to create a process,” Scherr said. “If you have staff not liking management, which seems to be the case now, there needs to be a process so that staff feels like they can have a way to be heard.”

STAFF ISSUES

Minturn’s town manager and police chief are both currently on paid administrative leave. Council member Shelley Bellm, who was elected to the two-year term on Tuesday, says having new blood like Scherr on council could help with internal staffing issues.

“I’m hoping that having Matt and Ozzy on the council can help redirect the dynamic of council into doing the job we were hired to do rather than backstabbing each other or trying to raise ourselves or our personal platforms,” Bellm said.

Top Priority

Jason “Ozzy” Osborne, who received 97 votes, says solving the police issue in Minturn is his top priority.

“There have been a lot of moves toward outsourcing police services here in the town of Minturn, and that’s a move that really did not sit well with me,” Osborne said. “If we’re going to give up our police force here in Minturn, then we may as well give up our town charter as well.”


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