Jim Rada resigns

May 21, 2012

Garfield County

*Updated — 5/22*

Garfield County environmental health officer Jim Rada leaving  — this article was updated on the PI website after I posted it on 5/21

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado — Garfield County’s environmental health manager is leaving the county after seven years to take a similar position in the Denver area.

Jim Rada will be leaving June 1 to become environmental health services director for Jefferson County, where he will oversee the county’s environmental health programs and supervise a staff of 21 people …

At least Rada’s  not going to work in the oil & gas industry. Please note the article says he was hired in 2005. Prior to that, the position of environmental health manager had been vacant for 15 years.  It will be interesting to see if takes another 15 years to fill the position. Remember, the BOCC fired the county manager in January and they haven’t even filled that position yet.

*Update — 5/22*

Let’s play a game. Which of these articles is not like the other? Can you tell?

The PI published a slightly different article in today’s paper:

Rada leaving Garfield County environmental health position
Will join JeffCo in similar capacity

This article says Jim Rada was the first ever environmental health manager, disputing yesterday’s posted article which says he was the first one in 15 years. Yesterday’s  first article made no mention of his replacement but today’s article (and yesterday’s changed version) says he will be replaced by Paul Reaser who is currently GarCo’s senior environmental health specialist. Confused yet? Oh well. I guess we won’t have to wait another 15 years for his replacement after all.  Supposedly Reaser will carry out the planned air quality monitoring.

The last two paragraphs of today’s article are the most interesting:

His role in Jefferson County will be more administrative in nature, with a focus on what he referred to as a “more traditional environmental health program.” That will include health issues related to more urban land-use activities, as opposed to the natural resource and agricultural activities that are more common in Garfield County.

Air quality in the metropolitan Denver area falls under the state health department’s oversight, he noted, “and there is no oil and gas activity to speak of there.”

I see. So he wants to get as far away from oil & gas drilling as he possibly can and still live in Colorado. Good luck with that.

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