Commissioner teaching in Denver
For the past weeks, on Tuesdays, Menconi has been driving to Denver, where he’s assisting with a Masters of Business Administration program at Denver University.
“I told the professors I would support them but I couldn’t make any promises,” says Menconi. says his job as a commissioner comes first.”
So far, Menconi’s early departures – about 3:30 p.m. – haven’t affected county business, says county Administrator Jack Ingstad.
“It’s not an issue to me,” Ingstad says. “All Arn asked was if we could schedule all critical items earlier on the day, but we haven’t had to do it yet.
“If there’s anything up coming we let him know in advance,” he adds.
Ingstad says the commissioners haven’t had to cancel any meetings because of Menconi’s departure.
“On the occasions the meetings ended earlier, it was because the board was done with the business of the day,” he says.
When he was offered to assist with the class, Menconi says, he talked to Ingstad and fellow-Commissioner Michael Gallagher.
“He chooses how he represents the people,” Gallagher says. “Every now and then I miss a meeting, but I don’t do it on a regular basis.”
Commissioner Tom Stone says he doesn’t think having to travel every Tuesday should be common practice.
“We only need two people for a quorum,” Stone says. “But I don’t think the county should re-arrange its regularly scheduled meeting day to accommodate this.”
Although, the commissioner’s job isn’t full-time and there isn’t a minimum amount of hours to be met, Ingstad says the three commissioners work more than 40 hours a week doing county work.
Menconi’s salary, paid by Eagle County, is $51,827 per year.
“Although it’s not a full-time job, they work as a full-time job,” Ingstad says. “I guarantee you that no commissioner will miss a vote that is absolutely critical.”
Menconi, who says he doesn’t get paid to assist with the course, said the reason he was asked is because he is a county commissioner who has received a Masters of Business Administration degree from Denver University.
Menconi also taught a course in the Vail Valley, Shaping the Future of the Eagle Valley, which ended Thursday evening. The course, taught at Avon’s public library, included several guest speakers, such as Tom Clark, Jefferson County’s director of economic development, who discussed issues involved with designing a long-term economic development plan.
Next spring , the course will run bi-weekly from Jan.16 until May 8 at Colorado Mountain College.
“It’s an honor for me to do it,” Menconi says. “(But) the commissioner’s meetings are a top priority for me.”
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