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After providing outstanding legal work and advice to Town Council and Town staff over the last 32 years, Town Attorney Robert (Bob) Slentz is retiring, effective June 19. He is the Town’s fourth-longest-tenured employee.
“Bob has brought a wealth of institutional knowledge to the community for decades, as the most senior member of the Town’s leadership team,” said Mayor Jason Gray. “He has undoubtedly had a tremendous positive impact on the community, and he will be greatly missed.”
Slentz grew up in Illinois and served as a municipal attorney and judge to several Western Slope communities before his tenure with the Town.
Since beginning work with the Town in 1988, Slentz has played a critical role in the transformation of Castle Rock from a small town of about 8,000 residents to the community of more than 72,000 that it is today. This work includes several substantial changes to Town laws and regulations that have enhanced the Town standards for all major planned developments enjoyed by Castle Rock residents today.
Slentz’s extensive knowledge of Colorado’s complicated water laws has been especially helpful to the community – he developed the Town’s first water dedication code and helped create the Town’s first renewable water strategic plan, which he has assisted in implementing through projects like Rueter-Hess Reservoir, the WISE water project, the purchase of the Plum Creek diversion and more.
Slentz, whose background includes working as a certified public accountant, has helped ensure Castle Rock’s future fiscal resiliency, particularly through working with project teams to develop economic incentive agreements for the outlet mall, Promenade, Sturm Collaboration Campus, Miller’s Landing, Riverwalk, Encore and many more.
This summer, Slentz and his wife Christy plan to travel in their camper van across country, hike the backcountry and spend time with their four children and first grandchild.
“I am grateful for the opportunity afforded me by numerous Mayors and Councilmembers to participate in the development of the Town over the last three decades,” Slentz said. “There is an immense amount of personal and professional satisfaction with being part of the team that has met the many challenges and embraced the opportunities over this time. This is a community with a strong identity and unlimited potential that I was fortunate to be a part of. I will miss my colleagues both within the organization and in the business community.”
Town Council is conducting a nationwide search to fill the vacancy, with plans to announce a new Town Attorney soon.
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