The city of Cortez has hired a new attorney.
After a candidate search, the Cortez City Council voted unanimously to hire Patrick Coleman to fill the position.
Cortez City Manager Drew Sanders said Coleman’s background working in government law and land use made him a good choice.
“He has a lot of relevant experience that will benefit us,” Sanders said. “He is a native Coloradan and comes from an area much like ours.”
Citing the demand for legal services, the city decided to hire Coleman as a full-time employee rather than by contract as has been done in the past.
His annual salary will be $130,000.
“A big benefit hiring him on staff is we will be his only client. We’re busy enough to have a dedicated attorney position,” Sanders said. “His experience will be valuable in tackling the challenges the city faces. We are lucky to have found someone with his background.”
According to a city news release, Coleman has over 30 years experience as an attorney, including 16 years representing local governments in Colorado, primarily on the Western Slope. Coleman served as Routt County attorney, Montrose County attorney, and from 2014 to 2021, Mesa County attorney in Grand Junction.
He was also the assistant city attorney in charge of land use and real estate for the city of Loveland.
Coleman has 18 years of private-sector legal experience focusing on real estate development, entitlement and transactional matters, government regulatory matters, agricultural law, water law, corporate law and contract law.
Coleman grew up on his family ranch near the foothills west of Denver and continues to have a lifelong interest in all things related to cattle and ranching.
In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping and supporting Colorado State University’s athletic programs.
Coleman’s first day is June 20. He will replace longtime city attorney Mike Green.