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Sunday evening, in a further announcement by Chaffee County officials, following its initial declaration of a county emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in concert with the emergency declarations of Governor Polis, the Chaffee Board of County Commissioners is announcing further directives.

A microscopic image of the COVID-19 virus. Image courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Laboratories of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Per the announcement “Within our community to ensure that public health resources and authority are aligned, Chaffee County buildings will be closed to the public until further notice”. The details of the directive include:

  • County Buildings are minimally staffed with no public access. The public is asked to conduct business online, by email, or by phone.
  • For business with the Clerk, Assessor, Development, and Treasurer, information can be dropped off in the Clerk’s curbside ballot box in both Salida at 104 Crestone Ave and in Buena Vista at 112 Linderman Ave. This includes all motor vehicle renewals, document recording, treasurers payments, or any correspondence to county government. Larger-sized items for the Building Department may be dropped off by appointment with the Development Department by calling 530-5568.
  • Building inspections and Assessor sales and field reviews will continue.
  • Public Health will be offering virtual programming when possible, COVID-19 testing by appointment (at the public health facilities located at 448 E 1st St., Salida, by phone.
  • Nonessential County meetings and events are either canceled or will be “virtual” when possible. Noticed public meetings will be conducted but will likely change to a virtual format.
  • Emergency services will continue.

Appropriate email inquiries and correspondence should go to the following staff:

Clerk and Recorder’s Office

Lori Mitchell, Clerk                        ,     719-539-4004

Assessor’s Office

Brenda Mosby, Assessor                , 719-539-4016

Treasurer’s Office

Dee Dee Copper, Treasurer           , 719-539-6808

Legal Department

Jennifer Davis, County Attorney   , 719-395-4006

Daniel Tom, Assistant County Attorney, 719-221-0665

Building Department

Pat Green, Deputy Building Official, 719-539-2124

Public Health and Environment

Andrea Carlstrom, Director       , 719-539-4510

Human Services

David Henson, Director            , 719-539-2500