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December 16, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
LaPlata Commissioner Bob Lieb Resigning
(2007-01-03)
La Plata County Commissioner Bob Lieb will not finish his term. (courtesy of La Plata County's website)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: La Plata County Commissioner Bob Lieb has announced he will resign before July first, two years into his second term.
His announcement means there will be greater change in La Plata County government in this new year, than first thought.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

LIEB: I AM AT THE RETIREMENT AGE IF YOU WILL. I'M NOW COLLECTING A SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK, NOT THAT THAT HAS MUCH TO DO WITH IT.
VICTOR: Republican commissioner Bob Lieb says he began considering resigning when he became engaged in March 2005 to his second wife Annie, whom he married this past September.
LIEB: I DETERMINED THROUGH THE REST OF 2005 AND INTO 2006 THAT I WOULD BE LEAVING THE JOB AROUND, SOMETIME AROUND JULY FIRST 2007. SO IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME THAT I'VE GIVEN IT CONSIDERATION.
At Tuesday's Commissioners meeting Lieb said he'll leave office before July first.
He says he intends to stay involved in public service, community and church activities, and travel.
LIEB: IT'S BEEN INCREDIBLY STIMULATING, EDUCATIONAL, EYE OPENING, CHALLENGING, EXTREMELY CHALLENGING BECAUSE ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS TO DO, I THINK IN LIFE, IS TO MAKE DECISIONS THAT NEGATIVELY AFFECT, AT LEAST IN THEIR MINDS, NEGATIVELY AFFECT YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. BUT THE THING I WOULD LIKE EVERYONE TO KNOW, THAT IT HAS ABSOLUTELY, THERE ARE NO NEGATIVE REASONS AT ALL THAT I AM RESIGNING. THEY ARE ALL POSITIVE REASONS, IT'S A CHANGE IN MY LIFE THAT I'VE PLANNED ON DOING, IT'S A CHANGE IN MY LIFE THAT I WANT TO DO AND A CHANGE IN MY LIFE THAT I LOOK FORWARD TO DOING.
Lieb concedes he faces personal and business conflicts with several issues the commissioners could be facing in the next several months, and says he'll elaborate on those issues later.
He says the decision has nothing to do with newly elected Democrat Commissioner Joelle Riddle, who defeated incumbent Republican Sheryl Ayres in November.
LIEB: SHE'S A BRIGHT, DYNAMIC LADY WITH, WHO WILL DO A GREAT JOB I BELIEVE AS A LAPLATA COUNTY COMMISSIONER, I'M JUST A BIT SAD THAT I WON'T SPEND TWO YEARS WITH HER INSTEAD OF THE SHORT TIME THAT I WILL BE SPENDING WITH HER.
Lieb says he's wants his intentions known prior to next month's LaPlata Republican Central Committee reorganization.
That's when the party vacancy committee, who will select his successor, will be named.
Lieb says he may seek a position on the committee to have input in the process.
Tuesday also marked the final decision making meeting for outgoing commissioner Sheryl Ayers.
AYERS: IT HAS BEEN TOTALLY INTERESTING AND I HAVE FELT EXTREMELY HONORED TO SERVE LAPLATA COUNTY CITIZENS. IT'S HUMBLING.
Ayers's says the change in two of three commissioners within a few short months, should be smooth, thanks to county staff which she says is great.
AYERS: I THINK THAT PEOPLE WHO THINK THAT GOVERNMENT IS ALWAYS BAD AND ALWAYS CROOKED HAVE NEVER WORKED WITH THE HONEST, HONORABLE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN LAPLATA COUNTY'S GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE WE ARE NOT CROOKED.
As for her future, Ayers says she has books to read, volunteer opportunities, and other projects.
AYERS: I HAVE A LIST OF THINGS TO DO. AS FAR AS A PAYING JOB, I'M STILL EVALUATING ANY OPPORTUNITIES THAT MAY ARISE.
Ayers officially leaves the job next Tuesday morning, after Riddle and other's elected in November are officially sworn into office, shifting control of the board of commissioners to the Democrats.
Upon Lieb's departure, Commissioner Wally White who this year was commission chair, will be the senior member of the Board.
White is two years into his first term.
From KSUT Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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