Peacock coming to roost in Pitkin

Grand Junction ex-administrator to replace Hilary Fletcher

By Real Aspen
November 22, 2010

The Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) today announced its choice for a new Pitkin County manager. Pending contract acceptance, former Mesa County Administrator Jon Peacock will take the post after the holidays in early 2011.

Jon Peacock

Mr. Peacock has most recently served as the county administrator for Mesa County (county seat: Grand Junction) from 2005 to 2010. He also served as the assistant county administrator for Mesa County for three years before being appointed county administrator. He has been a policy and fiscal analyst in state government, as well as a management analyst for the City of Laramie, Wyoming. He is an adjunct faculty member (lecturer) for the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a master of public administration (MPA) degree from the University of Wyoming.

The BOCC worked closely with county staff and community leaders to make the choice.

“What stood out for us was how much in alignment Jon was with Pitkin County’s philosophy on so many important issues,” said BOCC Chair George Newman. “He already has an understanding of many key issues we face, including economic realities, public lands issues, and environmental and water issues,” Newman said.

He will replace Hilary Fletcher, who left for a job at a private firm in Denver.

During his career Peacock has implemented strategic plans and outcome-based budgeting procedures. He has been recognized for his leadership as 2007 County Administrator of the Year by the Association of Colorado County Administrators. He has also provided leadership in the completion of several community plans including rural master plans and redevelopment plans.

Peacock is married with two daughters ages six and eight. Currently living in Grand Junction, he grew up in Colorado Springs. He attended the University of Wyoming where he taught political science and public administration. He also coordinated the academic and career advising program for the university’s departments of political science and administration of justice.

“It often comes up when people look into my background that while at UW I was advisor to “hate crime” victim Matthew Shepard,” Peacock said.

The Broadway Play, “The Laramie Project,” included Peacock’s character in the production. Shepard’s murder brought national and international attention to the issue of hate crime legislation at the state and federal levels.

Peacock says he looks forward to playing a role as a steward to the innovative programs for which Pitkin County is known and respected. He is also looking forward to the mountain lifestyle in Pitkin County. He is an avid mountain biker and he and his family are skiers, hikers and backpackers.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled about our move to the valley,” he said.

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