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The Town of Paonia
A Brief History
The area was first explored in 1853 by Captain John W. Gunnison of the United States Army. Gunnison was on an expedition to locate a suitable pass through the Rocky Mountains for the Topographical Engineers.

The Valley was inhabited by Ute Indians until 1880, when the Ute Indian Reservation was closed by the federal government.

Following the closure of the reservation, the site itself was settled in 1880 by Samuel Wade and William Clark, who had accompanied Enos Hotchkiss to the area from Ohio. The town was officially incorporated in 1902 and had its first election in July of that year. The peony roots that Samuel Wade brought with him to Colorado in 1881 inspired him to submit the Latin name for peony, "Paeonia" as a town name. The post office wouldn't allow the extra vowel, so Paeonia became Paonia. Significant industries include ranching, mining and orchard farming.

Cattle came first, but in 1893, sheep were introduced to the valley. Cowboys organized a secret society called the Cattle Growers Protective Association. When sheep appeared on a cattle range, if legal persuasion failed, sheep were stampeded over bluffs or massacred.

Vast reserves of coal lay buried in the area. The advent of the railroad made the shipping of coal economical and today, coal mining is our major industry.

Paonia is naturally air conditioned by warm air flowing up the valley at night and cool air from the mountains during the day resulting in optimal conditions for growing cherries, apricots, grapes, peaches, plums, pears, nectarines and apples. THE oldest continuous outdoor community celebration is Paonia Cherry Days held over the Fourth of July holiday.

Paonia is a focal point of back roads and trails leading into the forest, attracting hunters, hikers bicyclists and cross-country skiers. Hunters outfit themselves in Paonia before setting out to get their elk, deer, and bear. Few places offer such a wonderful combination of climate, scenery, lifestyle and recreation.
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Paonia Town Manager Job Description



Department: Administration
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports To: Mayor & Board of Trustees
Directly Supervises: Department Heads and indirectly all Town Staff except the Town Attorney and Municipal Judge

General Statement of Duties -

At the pleasure of the Board of Trustees, this position is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town. Under the general supervision of the Mayor, directs and coordinates the day-to-day activities of all departments, department heads and employees of the Town of Paonia. Exercises authority (including appointment and removal) over all other management, supervisory, professional, technical, clerical and other staff.

Essential Functions

Essential functions of the position include, but are not limited to:

Performs a wide variety of functions to facilitate the administrative operations of the Town;
Attends all Board meetings, participates in discussion and makes recommendations to the Board;
Assists Mayor in the development of agendas for all meetings;
Serves as Human Resources Officer, unless otherwise assigned;
Prepares and submits annual Town budget in compliance with Colorado budget laws;
Manages staff to obtain effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials facilities and time;
Ensures proper administration and execution of the Paonia Municipal Code, of agreements and contracts executed by the Town and all other policies, rules and regulations as approved by the Board of Trustees;
Manages, directs and develops systems for long-range planning and prioritization of projects and programs. Develops and implements the Comprehensive Plan for the Town;
Works with legal counsel with regard to legal issues involving the Town;
Consumer Confidence Report Now Available
The 2013 Consumer Confidence Report for the Town of Paonia water system is available. The report will be published in the Delta County Independent on June 25, 2014. A copy has been sent to all the water company contacts as well. Please click on the Adobe logo to download or view a copy.
Community Center Reservations
Changes Effective January 1, 2014
The Town Hall Community Center Reservation form and fee have changed. Please review documents on the Forms tab to make yourself aware of the changes.
2014 Approved Budget
Adopted 2014 Town Budget.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Information About Your Drinking Water

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