Colorado State Archives
Executive Orders from the Administration of Governor Bill Owens 1999-2005
Monday, November 22, 1999
Amy Jewett Sampson
DENVER – A task force to assist in the formation of the City and County of Broomfield will begin work this month.
Bob Brooks, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), recently announced the creation of a task force to assist the City of Broomfield in its transition to a city and county. Not since 1902, when Denver became both a city and county by constitutional amendment, has such a designation been issued in Colorado. In November 1998, Colorado citizens voted in favor of the formation of the City and County of Broomfield, which will become effective November 15, 2001.
In an executive order issued by Gov. Bill Owens on September 22, 1999, the department was named to lead Broomfield elected officials, state agencies, experts from other county governments and private citizens to review the various actions and interactions between state and local government related to this transition.
Brooks said, "I believe this is going to be an exciting undertaking. In twenty-four months, Broomfield will be required to meet a multitude of new duties. This is the first time in almost 100 years that there has been the opportunity to create a new county government. Broomfield has the chance to create a county government for the 21st Century, one that can be designed to make full use of modern technology and contemporary organizational systems and structures. As a Task Force, we will not only be able to bring the knowledge and experience of other counties and state agencies to bear in assisting Broomfield to make a smooth transition to Colorado’s 64th county, but we will also be able to learn how a modern local government can organize itself in the most efficient way. These lessons can then be applied in other counties."
Some of the issues which will be discussed by the task force are: streamlining municipal-county-state customer service; state, municipal, county and district court collaboration; geographic, demographic and boundary correlation; program flexibility and fund blending; planning and budget impacts; information technology and computer equipment planning.
Bob Brooks will chair the task force whose membership will initially include:
A final member of the task force will be appointed as determined and approved by the Broomfield City Council at an upcoming meeting.
Contact: Don Sandoval, Department of Local Affairs
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