July 18, 2019

SB 13-022: Making the County Treasurer the Public Trustee in All Colorado Counties Except Denver and Broomfield

On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Sen. Kent Lambert introduced SB 13-022 – Concerning the County Treasurer Becoming the Public Trustee in the Counties Where the Public Trustee is Currently Appointed by the
Governor. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Currently, 10 counties designated as counties of the second class in the public trustee law have a public trustee who is appointed by the Governor. According to current law, the city and county of Denver is a county of the first class and should also have an appointed public trustee, but the public trustee in the city and county of Denver is specified in its charter. In the remainder of the counties the county treasurer serves as the public trustee; except that, in the city and county of Broomfield, the public trustee is specified in its charter.

On or before Feb. 1, 2015, in all counties of the second class, the county treasurer of the county shall become the public trustee. The board of county commissioners of each such county shall determine the date on which the county treasurer of the county will become the public trustee.

On and after Feb. 1, 2015, the county treasurer will be the public trustee in all counties in the state; except that in the city and county of Broomfield and the city and county of Denver, the public trustee will be such equivalent officer as is specified in the city and county’s charter or code.

Beginning Feb. 1, 2015, the governor’s authority to appoint the public trustee in counties of the first and second classes and to fill vacancies in the office of the public trustee in such counties is eliminated.

On Jan. 23, the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs voted to Postpone Indefinitely (kill) the bill.

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