Menconi could be Eagle mayor, county commissioner
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” How many hats can County Commissioner Arn Menconi wear?
More than one, according to state law.
Menconi, who is term-limited from running again this November, is running for Eagle mayor. Eagle elections are April 1, and if Menconi is elected, he will serve as both commissioner and mayor until November.
Some of his critics have questioned whether that is legal, but state laws do not prohibit it, said County Attorney Bob Morris
“The bottom line is that it looks as if there is no technical barrier to it,” Morris said.
The county is still researching the matter, he said.
Chip Taylor, legislative director for Colorado Counties, Inc, said there are no specific laws against holding both positions.
The only position the law is specific to are that a treasurer cannot hold certain other offices because of conflict of interest.
As far as he knows, no other counties have ever had the same situation, Taylor said.
However, the state’s conflict of interest laws would prevent Menconi from voting in some decisions between the county and Eagle, said Ed Sands, Eagle town attorney.
“In any obvious decisions involving a conflict of interest, you would have to be careful to abstain as mayor or county commissioner in issues involving the town and the county,” he said.
That would include any financial or land use agreements between Eagle and the county.
Menconi said he cannot think of any situations in his seven and a half years as commissioner where there was an agreement with Eagle that would have been a conflict of interest.
Juggling both positions would not be a problem, Menconi said.
“I like to be involved in community. I don’t really see it as an issue,” he said.
Menconi will be running against current Eagle town trustee Ed Woodland. No one else has announced their candidacy so far, and deadline for candidates to file nomination petitions is Friday.
Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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