The county administrator and county attorney jobs are subject to annual review and extension. And it looks like El Paso County commissioners will approve County Administrator Jeff Greene’s contract and extension for another year at Thursday’s meeting. County spokesman Dave Rose said commissioners spent 2.5 hours in an executive session discussing it earlier this week.
County Attorney Bill Louis’ contract also was supposed to have been renegotiated by Dec. 1. But that hasn’t happened yet. Rose said he doesn’t know why, and Louis declined to comment. Instead, commissioners will consider extending his contract negotiations for three more weeks, until Dec. 22. They’ll vote on the extension Thursday.
Greene is paid $137,000, and if commissioners approve his new contract, he’ll be eligible for up to a 3 percent pay-for-performance raise — if commissioners approve salary increases for county employees at their final budget hearing on Dec. 15.
Louis’ salary is $132,100. The request for an extension to negotiate his contract says it’s a mutual agreement between Louis and the commissioners to do so.
There has been some tension in recent weeks. In early November, Louis questioned Greene’s decision to move forward with a lease/purchase agreement on an office condo building and called for him to be placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation of alleged campaign kickback promises involving the building’s owner. The District Attorney’s Office looked into Louis’ concerns and determined there had been no wrongdoing and no need to open a formal investigation. Greene was never put on administrative leave. And commissioners agreed to proceed with negotiations on leasing and possibly buying the building, which is on Arrowswest Drive, next to the county’s new Citizens Service Center on Garden of the Gods Road.