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Current Rio Grande County Employment Opportunities.

Contact the Rio Grande County Human Resources for more information or for an application.

Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Department is accepting applications for a Road Deputy.  Must be 21 years of age, pass background check and drug test including marijuana screening, have good driving record, P.O.S.T. certification, High School diploma or GED. Pick up/submit applications to Rio Grande County Human Resources, 925 6th Street, Room 200, Del Norte, CO 81132. Applications and job description also available online at  $16.70-17.38/hour, DOE.  Full County benefits.

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Friday, 15 January 2021 08:51

Finance Manager

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Finance Manager, salary range $65,000 to $80,000 depending on experience.

Want to live in "God's Country" - sunny, south-central Colorado? Come to Rio Grande County, the headwaters of the Rio Grande River and home to 11,000-plus down-to-earth, friendly people. Easy access to the Rockies, endless outdoor opportunities and affordable real estate, and cost of living. This position reports to the County Administrator; and, appraises the County's financial position and issues reports on County's financial stability, makes financial recommendations to the County Administrator and Board of County Commissioners; analyzes, consolidates, and directs all cost accounting procedures; works with departments to submit and process financial accounting, oversees audits, approves monthly payroll, and expenditures; maintains fixed assets and depreciation schedules, serves as financial officer in disasters, oversees financial accounting and reporting for County grants, coordinates, and reviews all insurance policies including property and causality, health insurance, workman's compensation, etc., assists County Administrator with Certification of mill levies, performs other duties as assigned by County Administrator.  Required: at least 3 years experience in similar duties, an undergraduate degree in a related field. Preferred: MBA, CPA, CMA, government accounting experience. Willing to provide further training for the right person. Open until filled. First Review February 16th.  In addition to your resume, please see the attached application.  This must be completed and sent in with your resume.

Monday, 04 January 2021 11:07

Road Deputy

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Tuesday, 17 November 2020 09:08

Dispatch Detention

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Rio Grande County is seeking a Dispatch/Detention Officer.  High School Diploma or GED, or one to three months related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Interaction with inmates required. Must be 21 years of age, pass background investigation and 5 panel drug test, including testing for marijuana required. Inmate interaction required.   $14.57/per hour.  Pick up and submit applications to Human Resources 925 6th Street, Room 200, Del Norte, CO 81132. Applications also available online at

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 12:57

Jail Cook

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Rio Grande County Detention Facility is seeking a:

Full Time Cook


General Summary of Duties:

Performs institutional cooking work involving the preparation of a large volume and variety of foods and desserts for 30 plus inmates and staff.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities (duties include, but not limited to):

*Compiles weekly menus, prepares and serves lunch and dinner.

*Keeps daily meal log and number of meals served assisting in determining the cost per meal to stay within budget requirements.

*Orders and receives all stock from different distributors on a weekly basis.

*Operates, monitors, cleans, and maintains kitchen with assistance from trustees.

*Follows standard recipes for preparation of food.  Needs to follow nutritional guidelines and obtain recipes for inmates with specific health problems (e.g. diabetic recipes).

*Performs related work as requested by supervisor.


High School Diploma or GED; or three to six months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Background check and drug testing required. Must be at least 21 years of age. 


Minimum Salary:

$12.45 per hour


Application Deadline:

 Until filled



Please pick up and submit applications and resumes to:

Deborah Entz, Human Resources

925 6th St. Room 200

Del Norte, CO  81132

(719) 657-4217

Tuesday, 03 November 2020 09:23

2020 General Election Results

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Click on the link below to access the 2020 General Election Results


The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Division of Aeronautics named Astronaut Kent Rominger Airport (RCV) “2020 Colorado Airport of the Year.” This annual award recognizes Colorado public-use airports “that exhibit outstanding contributions to the Colorado Air & Space System.” The CDOT press release adds, “Airports distinguished with this recognition demonstrate values that fall in line with the CDOT Division of Aeronautics mission to advance a safe, efficient, and an effective statewide air and space system through collaboration, investment, and advocacy.”

Improvements at RCV began in 2010, when CDOT Aeronautics supported the state/local-funded runway upgrade, in response to the medical evacuation needs of Del Norte’s new Rio Grande Hospital. RAF Colorado Liaison Tom Haefeli noted that the airport was also seeing more visitor traffic, enjoying the many recreational flying opportunities the area has to offer. It was apparent to Tom that some sort of facility was needed to serve transient pilots. The Airport Advisory Board (chaired by Mr. Haefeli) developed an idea for a multi-use facility that would be easy to maintain and could be of benefit to the local community as well.

Tom was awarded a $30,000 RAF grant to participate in the design and construction of the project. The new facility was recently completed, thanks to other funding, including many private donors and donated labor, supplies, heavy equipment use and operation from the various contractors involved. The Rio Grande County Airport Fund supplied the balance of funding. “It was a truly community project,” Haefeli said. 

The building offers WiFi, refrigerator, stove and restroom with shower, and adjacent campsites. The building includes a classroom for local high school STEM classes, and the part-time Airport Manager’s office.

The CDOT press release continues: “The volunteer leadership of the airport has helped make RCV one of the shining examples in Colorado of what a small rural general aviation airport can do to support its community and its residents and visitors.

According to the 2020 Economic Impact Study of Colorado Airports, the Astronaut Kent Rominger Airport is responsible for supporting 31 jobs, producing over $1.36 million in annual payroll, while generating $5.38 million in overall business revenue. 

“This is great recognition for an exemplary volunteer accomplishment. Nice job Tom!” RAF President Bill McGlynn said of the honor.

Submitted on June 17, 2020

Thursday, 19 March 2020 11:52

County Offices Restricted To The Public

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Rio Grande County has restricted access to the county buildings due to COVID-19. Business is still being conducted and employees will be at work.  Phone numbers have been provided on the entrance doors so the public may call the Department needed.  


ASSESSOR   719-657-3326

BUILDING DEPT  719-657-9472

CLERK/RECORDER  719-657-3334


LAND USE  719-657-4003

PUBLIC HEALTH  719-657-3352

ROAD & BRIDGE  719-852-4781

TREASURER   719-657-2747

ADMINISTRATION  719-657-2744

A group of current and former Rio Grande County Planning Commissioners recently gather together with Dwight Freeman and his wife Kandy to thank him for nearly forty years of volunteer service on the Planning Commission.


Dwight and Kandy moved from Oklahoma to Monte Vista in 1975 to take a job as an ag loan officer at the Monte Vista Production Credit Association.  Five years later he was offered a job with the Bank of Monte Vista where he worked with farmers and ranchers for many years.  Shortly after he came to the bank Dwight's mentor and Rio Grande County Planning Commissioner Bud Haigler unexpectedly passed away.  Dwight took over more responsibility at the bank and was also appointed to fill Bud's seat on the Planning Commission in 1980.  It wasn't long and Dwight found himself elected Chairman of the Planning Commission. 


Rio Grande County has had a tradition of filling seats on the commission with community members that have a expertise that is important for the intelligent growth and development in the County.  For that reason, at any given time, there will be farmers, ranchers, contractors, consultants and/or business men and women serving on the Planning Commission.  The purpose of this board is to work with community members as they develop ideas for growth in Rio Grande County.  The intent is not to stifle growth but to encourage ventures that will hopefully be successful and also benefit the County in a positive way. 


Throughout Dwight's long tenure the County has seen many changes that have offered challenges for promoting growth and also maintaining the rural agricultural atmosphere that many of us have enjoyed for decades.  The western part of the County transitioned from livestock and lumber to summer homes and tourism.  The southern part of the County had a large contingent of residents from the Midwest move here that were used to living in a self-sufficient style and preferred providing for their community needs mostly with nearby small businesses.  In the north portion of the County farms continued to get needs mostly with nearby small businesses.  In the north portion of the County farms continued to get larger and crops change following market trends with the main challenge being the lack of water. 


Dwight remained chairman throughout most of the these challenges.  The characteristic most appreciated by his fellow board members was Dwight's ability to conduct a meeting in a room full of community members, and sometimes non-community members, who all passionately felt that they would be impacted by the proposed business or project.  Although emotions could be high and voices sometimes loud, Dwight always knew how to control the situation and end discussions on a positive note. 


The last major project that Dwight oversaw was a professional rewrite of the Land Use Code Book.  This project was meant to replace a code book, which was sometimes confusing and contradictory and had been updated many times, with one that was well organized and designed for easy change in the future.  The process took over a year to complete and was approved in December. 


Dwight and Kandy may now move to Parker and enjoy retirement with their daughter's family and know that he left the Rio Grande County Planning Commission with the tools and knowledge to move forward for another forty years.  Thanks Dwight!!


Written By: Mike Mitchell

Thursday, 15 August 2019 07:54

Summitville Mine Tour

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