Ritter names a chief operating officer for Colorado | VailDaily.com

Ritter names a chief operating officer for Colorado

DENVER, Colorado – Gov. Bill Ritter has named his economic development director to serve as the state’s first chief operating officer.

In his new job, Don Elliman will manage the state’s spending of federal stimulus money. All state departments will report directly to him on how the $2.9 billion is spent.

Earlier this year, Ritter appointed him to head a board overseeing the spending of stimulus dollars.

Elliman will earn the same salary he does now – $146,000 a year – and Ritter will hire a new economic development director.

Ritter says the new role will allow Elliman’s private-sector management skills and his stimulus expertise to be more fully integrated into all state government operations.