Friday, November 7, 2014

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Mesa County Celebrates Veterans Along With Community

This Veteran's Day, the local community is set to celebrate our veterans and active duty personnel in a variety of ways. You can get connected with these and many other venues to say 'Thank You' to our military, past and present.
  • Veterans Day Parade - Downtown Grand Junction, Saturday, November 8th at 2:00 p.m. 'Honoring America's Veterans for their patriotism, love of country & willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.' 
  • Veterans Day Ceremony - Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park at the Colorado Visitors Center (340 Highway 340, Fruita) at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 11th. 
  • Meet the Veterans - Mesa County Libraries' Veterans Remember - a new online video collection kick off includes this Meet the Veterans event November 11th at Chik Fil A from 4pm to 6pm. 
  • Great Clips' Thank a Veteran promotion on Tuesday, November 11, 2014; Military members can go to any Grand Junction/Montrose Great Clips salon and will receive a free haircut or pick up a free haircut card to use, with proof of service, to use any day before Dec 31, 2014. Other customers who get a haircut on November 11th will receive a free haircut card to give to an active/inactive/retired military member of any branch, including the National Guard. 
  • Free Entrance to Colorado National Monument on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11th. Free entrance is for everyone at all 401 national parks. The National Park Service also provides active duty members of the military and their dependents with an annual national park pass, an $80 value, at no charge. 
  • 5th Annual Holiday Food Drive to Support Local Veterans - donations accepted October 15th through December 15th, 2014 at the Grand Junction Vet Center at 2472 F Road, Unit 16, Grand Junction (970) 245-4156. You donation of canned and non-perishable food items will help feed local veterans and their families during the holidays.
Happy Veterans Day

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mesa County Administrator Announces Departure

Tom Fisher accepts position of Manager for Summit County, Utah

Tom Fisher, Mesa County’s Administrator, announced this morning that he will soon be leaving Mesa County’s top staff post. Last evening, Tom Fisher was announced as the new Manager for Summit County, Utah after the Summit County Council adopted his employment contract at their regular meeting. Summit County, Utah is located in the northern part of the state and is home to Park City.

Fisher will continue serve as Mesa County’s chief executive officer through the end of 2014, in large part to assist with a smooth transition to the new leadership yet to be decided by the Board of County Commissioners. He will start with Summit County on January 20, 2015. Fisher was recruited to apply for Utah’s Summit County post by the Prothman Group, an executive search firm that Summit County worked with to conduct their search for a new manager.

Fisher has been employed by Mesa County since November 2001, when he was hired to direct the Regional Transportation Planning Office. He has served Mesa County in several management posts since that time, including its Regional Services Director and the Internal Services Director. He was appointed by the current Commissioners to serve as Administrator in 2013.

In talking about leaving, Fisher explained "I leave Mesa County from a point of feeling completely supported by the Commissioners and the organization, but the opportunity that has been offered by Summit County, Utah is too tempting from a professional and personal point of view to pass up." He adds, "Mesa County is a great organization of service-minded people that I have been proud to lead and to be a part of for thirteen years. I have enjoyed every minute of the time I've spent here and relationships that I've built with the Commissioners, elected officials and employees; all in the service of Mesa County citizens".

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Mesa County Offices Closed Tuesday, November 11 2014

Many Mesa County Offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in honor of Veterans Day.

This one-day closure includes:
  • Commissioners, Assessor, Surveyor, Treasurer, Resource Management (544 Rood Avenue) 
  • Administration offices (544 Rood Avenue) 
  • Attorney's Office (544 Rood Avenue) 
  • District Attorney's Office [includes the Justice Center] (125 N. Spruce Street) 
  • Health & Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road) 
  • Motor Vehicle/Recording/Elections/Clerk & Recorder (200 S. Spruce Street) 
  • Motor Vehicle/Clerk & Recorder (3225 I70 Business Loop) 
  • Motor Vehicle/Clerk & Recorder (325 E Aspen Street) 
  • Public Works and Planning (200 S. Spruce Street) 
  • Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. Sixth Street) 
  • Sheriff's Office - Records and Civil Divisions (215 Rice Street) 
  • Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road) 
  • Mesa County Landfill, Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, Organic Material Composting Facility, and west transfer stations. 
Mesa County Animal Services hours (Coffman Road): 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Animal Services Officers will be on the road from dawn until dusk.

The closure does NOT include
  • Sheriff's Office - Jail, Patrol, Emergency Services (215 Rice Street)
  • Criminal Justice Services (South Avenue)
All offices will re-open to the public on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Election Day Closures of DMV Offices

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th.  The following Department of Motor Vehicle offices will be CLOSED on Election Day:

  • Clifton DMV at 3225 I-70 Business Loop
  • Fruita DMV at 325 East Aspen Street
         The Main Motor Vehicle Branch at 200 S. Spruce Street will be OPEN during normal business hours.

All offices will return to normal business hours on Wednesday, November 5th:  Main Branch and Clifton; Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Fruita; Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)