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City staff and legal team appointed for 2013-14

By Gene Sears

Reaffirming the efforts of some vital city staff, Fort Lupton City Council appointed five positions last week in key departments.
    Finance director-turned-Fort Lupton-City-Administrator Claud Hanes retains the job he accepted following the departure of Mike Konefal in October 2010. At the time, Hanes carried both finance and city administration duties until handing the top job in finance to Leann Perrino in May.
    Moving from interim to the full title of Fort Lupton city clerk is Nanette Fornof. Interim since the departure of Barb Rodgers in September, Fornof came to the city as deputy clerk in June 2011.
    The appointments run for two-year terms, coinciding with the year between council elections. The offset is to allow incoming council members the opportunity to become familiar with the staff prior to evaluating reappointments.
    Replacing former city attorney William Wallace, Andy Ausmus of the Ausmus Law Firm takes on legal duties for Fort Lupton, a service the firm currently provides while specializing in civil litigation, municipal law, real estate and construction law.
    Elsewhere in the courts, Louis Gresh takes on the role vacated by longtime municipal court judge Paul Sacco. According to a biography on his website, Gresh served 22 years on the Douglas County Colorado District Court bench as a magistrate judge. Assigned to the domestic and juvenile dockets, Gresh heard and ruled on more than 10,000 divorce cases in his career, having handled the Douglas County Civil docket for over 10 years. Joining Gresh as Fort Lupton Assistant Municipal Judge is Willard Hardesty.