Mowle reappointed to trustee post

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Gov. John Hickenlooper reappointed Thomas Mowle to his post as the El Paso County Public Trustee Tuesday.

All 10 of the governor-appointed trustees, who set and manage their own budgets, stepped down from their posts in early July following a Denver Post article that alleged some of the trustees were mismanaging public funds by renting space in buildings they owned, buying themselves company cars and throwing lavish parties and offering perks to employees that other county employees don’t get.

Mowle told the CSBJ last month that he reapplied for his position and that he felt strongly that he was a good steward of the public’s money.

The retired Air Force major said he doesn’t have a company car, nor does he buy birthday cakes for employees with office money. When the office kitchen needs dish soap, he said he buys that with his own money.

“It’s public money,” he said. “The easiest place to draw the line is at zero.”

Mowle also said he’s cut spending and made the office more efficient since he took over in 2007.

Hickenlooper reappointed half of the trustees who stepped down. Aside from Mowle, George Kennedy in Douglas County, Margaret Chapman in Jefferson County, Deborah Morgan in Larimer County and Susie Velasquez in Weld County were restored to their posts.

New trustees were named for three counties: Paul Weissmann, a former legislator and House Minority chief of staff, in Boulder County; Susan Orecchio, chief deputy public trustee in Adams County, in Adams County; and Saul Trujillo, acting chief investigator on the 10th Judicial District, in Pueblo County.

“It is essential that public servants maintain the public’s trust,” Hickenlooper said in a statement. “We expect that moving forward each of these trustees will continue to do just that.”