County hires new HR director


Staff Writer

Archuleta County’s new human resources administrator is slated to begin his post Jan. 31.

Robert Smith accepted the offer for the position earlier this week after being interviewed along with three other finalists on Jan. 2.

Smith’s base pay will be $56,100.

Former HR administrator Mitzi Bowman vacated the post on Nov. 15.

Smith, of Monte Vista, most recently worked for the City of Monte Vista as the human resources manager.

Prior to that, Smith worked as the human resources manager for the City of Fountain, Colo., with prior HR work for several other cities and municipalities.

Smith holds a bachelor’s in resources management and business administration from Colorado Christian University.

The other finalists interviewed for the position were Tonya McCann, Peter O’Neill and Bowman, who previously withdrew her application, but was reinstated as a finalist prior to the Jan. 2 interviews.

The position is one of several administrative positions within the Archuleta County organization to be filled this fall and winter. Other positions recently filled include county administrator, fleet manager, director of emergency operations and Department of Human Services director.

Another department head position is expected to be filled in the near feature.

Interviews for planning manager, a position that has been vacant since late September will be held Friday.