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KSUT Regional
Archuleta's New County Administrator Hopes For Normalcy
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HOST LEAD: Archuleta County's new county administrator, Greg Schulte will have his contract signed at tomorrow's board of county commissioners meeting.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner reports.

SARAH: Archuleta County has seen some ups and downs recently with their audit, employment cutbacks and financial troubles.
Newly hired County Administrator Greg Schulte is optimistic about the future of Archuleta County and hopes to bring sense of normalcy back to county government.
GREG SCHULTE: PEOPLE WANT TO BELIEVE IN THE GOVERNMENT AND THAT THEY'RE DOING THE RIGHT THING. AND I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO DEMONSTRATING TO THE PEOPLE OF ARCHULETA COUNTY THAT WE CAN DO THINGS RIGHT. WE CAN BE NORMAL. WE CAN GO THROUGH THE YEAR AND JUST HAVE A REGULAR KIND OF EXISTENCE.
Schulte is a Colorado native and has 20 years of governmental experience, but most recently worked for the city of Sacramento in California. He's been Archuleta's interim county administrator for over five months.
Although the two counties are vastly different in size and budget there are a few similarities that all city and county governments, no matter how big or small are facing.
SCHULTE: THERE'S ALWAYS THE PRESSURE TO PROVIDE REALLY GOOD SERVICE TO THE CITIZENRY AND HOW'S THE ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE AMOUNT OF RESOURCES THAT YOU HAVE. JUST LIKE ARCHULETA COUNTY, SACREMENTO COUNTY IS EXPERIENCING DIFFICULTIES DUE TO THE ECOMONMY AND THE REAL ESTATE MARKET. AND YOU END UP HAVING TO MAKE CUTS AND IT'S ALWAYS A CHALLENGE.
Schulte also says that building permits and building revenues in Archuleta are down. With the national economy being in a slump, it's been affecting construction and real estate in the county as well. Recently Archuleta County's auditors have cleared them of any fraudulent activity.
Schulte recognizes those obstacles and the one's that were already in existence before his arrival.
SCHULTE: CLEARLY THERE ARE SOME DIFFICULTIES AND PROBLEMS. I REALLY BELIEVE THAT THE WORST IS BEHIND US. LAST YEAR IS WHEN THEY HAD TO DO THEY LAY OFFS AND WE'RE REALLY UNDER THE GUN TO DO A BUNCH OF THINGS. AND I'VE BEEN IN THE JOB FOR ACTUALLY ALMOST FIVE MONTHS AND I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK TO BEING WHERE WE NEED TO BE.
Schulte's final hurdle to solidify his job is to get the contract signed. It was supposed to be signed at last Tuesday's meeting however a long agenda led to table his contract signing until the July 1st meeting.
Bob Moomaw, chair of Archuleta's board of county commissioners says that Schulte's contract will be signed tomorrow.
Schulte says as County Administrator he hopes to bring trust back to the community and be more transparent with the counties finances.
SCHULTE: WE REALLY HAVE TO BUILD THAT TRUST AND I THINK YOU BUILD IT THROUGH DEEDS. DEMOSTRATE IT TO PEOPLE THAT YES WE ARE DOING THE JOB; WE'RE DOING IT CORRECTLY.

From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Sarah Baumgartner.




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