Garfield County Manager Stepping Down

Glenwood Springs—Garfield County Manager Andrew Gorgey is resigning.  Gorgey, who was originally hired as the county attorney in June of 2011, wore both hats and juggled duties between the two busy offices for five months from January of 2012 to May of that year.  He was named the full time county manager the next month and since then has worked with and guided the Board of County Commissioners through some prosperous years by balancing the budget four straight years, growing fund balances to 135 million dollars, wiping out all debt, creating the Federal Mineral Lease District and revising the county’s Land Use and Development Code.  No specific reason has been given for Gorgey’s departure but an official county news release says during a special meeting tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock, the Board of County Commissioners are expected to agree to a mutual separation, ending their four year employment relationship. Deputy County Manager Kevin Batchelder, who was hired just over a year ago, will stay on board.  He has 25 years in public administration.