Western Slope Ignored So Far For Cabinet Posts

Bill Ritter has been Governor for just three days, but he's already getting flack from some on the Western Slope for the lack of state–wide diversity in his cabinet.

The controversy came to a head last week when Rifle native Russell George was ignored for the position of Executive Director for the Department of Natural Resources, a position he had in the Owens administration. Club 20 Executive Director Reeves Brown sent Ritter a map showing that Colorado's border did not end at Jefferson County.

But Lieutenant Governor Barbara O'Brien says there has been a rigorous process for choosing cabinet members, including an open nominating process.

"I think what we did was put up a web site so that anyone in the state could apply or be nominated by anyone else. She says, " We did everything we could to cast a wide net and make it easy for people to apply, and of course we're extremely interested in the West Slope."

There are still positions to be filled, including a permanent Director for the Office of Economic Development and International Trade and a Director for the Department of Transportation.