Elbert County attorney steps down

By Jodi Horner
Posted 6/29/17

After more than three years as the Elbert County attorney, Wade Gateley presented a letter of resignation to the county commissioners June 26, making it public at the board of county commissioners …

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Elbert County attorney steps down

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After more than three years as the Elbert County attorney, Wade Gateley presented a letter of resignation to the county commissioners June 26, making it public at the board of county commissioners meeting June 28.

The county commissioners had planned to discuss whether or not to extend Gateley's contract at the June 28 BOCC meeting, but with his notice of resignation already in hand, the agenda item was not included.

Gateley's last official day with the county will be July 13.

Gateley, who lives in Colorado Springs, was hired by former commissioners Kurt Schlegel, Larry Ross and Robert Rowland and formally began employment as Elbert County's attorney in March 2014. His current contract is set at a salary of $97,500 annually and would have expired Aug. 31.

"We thank him for the service he provided for this county, and we appreciate his support through these years," said Commissioner Danny Willcox after the June 28 meeting.

The other commissioners also expressed their appreciation for Gateley's time as county attorney.

"Mr. Gateley has been of great service as we three new commissioners settled into our new roles," Chris Richardson said.

"We wish him well," Grant Thayer said.

Gateley is expected to make a statement regarding his resignation at the next BOCC meeting July 12.

Gateley - along with the board of county commissioners, Rowland and Ed Ehmann, who recently resigned as county manager - was named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed in the spring by a county employee. Kyle Fenner, the county's director of community and development services, alleges that officials spied on her computer and made defamatory statements intended to embarrass her. She works in a "hostile" environment, her lawyer said.

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Cindy C

Seems like the changes keep coming. From what I have seen they all seem to be positive. The story should note that the lawsuit mentioned is about events that occurred under the last set of commissioners. I suspect Mr. Gately sees clearly that the new commissioners are moving in a new direction.

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