Adams County, Colorado
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Last rated on an unknown date.
- The most current budget is listed.
- Budgets are archived for 3 years.
- Administrative Officials
- Department heads are listed for each department.
- Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
- Elected Officials
- Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- Meeting minutes are archived for 6 years.
- Meeting agendas are archived for 6 years.
- A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
- Meeting video is available.
- The most recent audit is posted.
- Audits dating back to 2008 are available.
- Public Records
- Permits and zoning
Board of Commissioners
Adams County is governed by a three-member Board of Commissioners.
Road Building Irregularities
Only a few days before Commissioner Alice J. Nichol was sworn in, her mother received a check for $390,000 as payment for a strip of land she owned. A Denver Post investigation revealed that the payment was $150,000 more than what Nichol's mother's assessor claimed the property was valued. The transfer of funds was also performed days before the Commission had a chance to approve it.
Adams County has several departments that are in charge of implementing the ordinances and bylaws of the board of commissioners. At the head of these departments is the County Administrator, who is in charge of overseeing the day-to-day operation of the county. The current Adams County administrator is Jim Robinson. Information about other departments is accessible through his page on the Adams County website. Robinson, the former county attorney, is best known for claiming that neither he nor his 16-person legal department knew basic state procurement laws when confronted by the media regarding millions of dollars of rigged contracts to Quality Paving. 
The budget for Adams County for the year 2011 will be $447,883,473, a 7.6% decrease from the prior year.
|Consolidated Expenditures||2012 Prelim Budget||2011 Original Budget||Increase||Decrease|
|O&M/Charges for Services||245,907,557||240,679,012||5,228,545||2.1%|
|Total Base Expenditures||433,391,715||429,180,690||4,211,025||1.0%|
|Capital and O&M||24,627,012||18,702,783||5,924,229||24.1%|
- Main article:Colorado government sector lobbying
Adams County has reported $490,015 spent on lobbying since 2000 (see table).
- In each of the last ten years Adams County has hired the firm of Marshall A Brachman LLC to lobby on their behalf.
- In their 2009 first quarter report, Marshall A Brachman LLC reported $15,000 lobbying for DERA funding for Rocky Mountain Arsenal and TTHUD funding for railroad grade separation.
|Year||Amount spent on lobbying|
Public Records and Transparency
Colorado citizens are guaranteed access to public records through the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA). Citizens can submit records requests and governments are required to respond within three business days. If the record is available electronically, it will be provided. If a hard copy is required, the citizen must pay $.25 per page. The citizen must also pay compensation for research and work of the clerk.
Hal Warren, the county attorney, has repeatedly refused to provide public access to certain public records, including the employment agreement of county administrator Jim Robinson, purchasing department policies, and e-mail records of employees with regard to the redirection of a contract in 2009.
The main form of emergency service in Adams County is through the Sheriff's office. It employs 533 employees, most of which are full time.
Federally funded high-speed Internet
A $12.1 million check from the federal government for wireless high-speed Internet access is affecting two thousand first responders in Adams County.
Those benefiting from the federal stimulus dollars include police officers, firemen and paramedics in Adams County and at Denver International Airport. The financial windfall, announced by Gov. Bill Ritter on Monday, will be given to the Adams County Communications Center for the enhanced web access.
"The Recovery Act is helping emergency responders to use advanced communications technology to improve response times and overall public safety across Adams County, nearby communities and at DIA,” said Ritter.
The Adams County Communications Center project will use the money to build out a 4G cellular data network for emergency responders. Emergency 911 call centers, municipal governments, and school districts in Adams and Jefferson counties, Commerce City, Brighton, Thornton, Northglenn and several nearby unincorporated areas will also benefit.
The total cost for the program is $18 million. The Adams County E-911 Emergency Telephone Authority and Denver International Airport, which have provided fiber optic cable, broadcast towers and staffing, are bridging the gap between the federal dollars and the total cost is $5.9 million.
Rep. Ed Casso, D-Commerce City, said that the faster connection will be a boon to his district, particularly to the rural areas. However, he is somewhat wary of relying too much on federal money.
“We need to be careful anytime we’re using stimulus money because the money will dry up, but it’s a great first step in expanding the wireless footprint,” said Casso. “Many parts of Adams County are unincorporated or rural, and extending this to them as well is a real good thing.”
- Adams County Official Website
- Adams County Sheriff's Website
- Colorado State University Extension
- Adams County on E-Reference
- Adams County Free Public Records Directory
- Adams County, Budgets, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- Adams County, Staff Directory, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- Adams County, Elected Officials, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- Adams County, Meetings, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- Adams County, Audits, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- ]http://www.co.adams.co.us/index.aspx?NID=381 Adams County, Bids, Accessed: January 6, 2013]
- Adams County, Contracts, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- Adams County, City Clerk, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- Adams County, Open Records, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- Adams County, Tax FAQ, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- Adams County, Fees and Taxes, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- Adams County, Pay Taxes, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- Adams County, http://www.co.adams.co.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/834 Adams County, Membership Dues, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- Adams County, Lobbying, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- Adams County, Zoning Ordinances, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- Adams County, Permits, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- Denver Post Adams County road-widening project paved with irregularities Feb. 27, 2011
- County Administrator
- 2011 Budget
- [Adams County, Colorado 2012 Preliminary Budget. Page 26]
- Open Secrets - Marshall A Brachman LLC
- 2009 First Quarter Lobbying Report
- Open Secrets
- Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA) Division of Information Technologies
- "Federal grant nudges Adams Co. responders into the Net’s fast lane," Colorado News Agency, September 28th, 2010