Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Missing County Employee Clancy Nichols

At the noon press conference today, Sheriff Stan Hilkey announced that the search and rescue operation for the Salt Creek Mudslide has now moved to a search and recovery operation. Simply, this means that the Sheriff does not expect the three victims of this mudslide to be alive.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has been working with the families of the missing men and will continue to do so as this situation develops. Commissioner Rose Pugliese, County Administrator Tom Fisher, Deputy County Administrator for Operations Pete Baier and Road and Bridge Director Rudy Bevan, have spent time with the families of the missing men, and will continue to be available as the families’ needs require.

“For almost three days now, I watched and talked with people from the small town of Collbran, the family and friends of the missing and the first responders who are working to help find the missing,” says County Commissioner Rose Pugliese. “Everyone has shown great support. Thank you to all who have worked with the families affected by this tragic event.” 

Clancy Nichols worked for Mesa County since November 1990 and was a well respected member of the Collbran Road & Bridge division, where he was one of six employees. 

For Mesa County employees affected by the loss of a fellow employee, Mesa County has made fully available our Employee Assistance Program and will offer additional services, as needed, to support our employees.

The loss of Clancy, his son Danny, and Wes Hawkins is a tragic loss to Mesa County. We appreciate the support of the Collbran community and our Mesa County government family for the victims and their families during this time.



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