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News Release

Larimer County Hires Recovery Manager for Recent Fires

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Sep 18, 2012

Contact Information:

Linda Hoffmann, Larimer County Manager, (970) 498-7004,
Suzanne Bassinger, Recovery Manager Beginning Sept. 20, 2012, BCC Office (970-498-7010)
Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150

Suzanne Bassinger


Larimer County has hired Larimer County resident Suzanne C. Bassinger as the County’s ‘Recovery Manager’ for the High Park and Woodland Heights Fires. Bassinger will take over for Interim Recovery Manager Gary Darling beginning Thursday, September 20, at a salary of $76,000 annually for the one-year limited term position. Darling will transition back into his duties as the County’s Criminal Justice Services Director over the next few months.
Bassinger has 25 years of engineering experience. She brings to the table a background working on projects involving transportation, hydraulic engineering, water supply, planning, wetlands, storm drainage, irrigation, wastewater, and more. She has served as the City of Greeley’s Water Resource Operations Manager, Director of Community Development Services in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Bassinger also owned an agricultural business for 15 years in Colorado and Nebraska. In addition to her private sector and municipal work experience, Bassinger is a member of the Larimer County Rural Land Use Board, has served on several Larimer County Task Forces and a City of Fort Collins Citizens Board.
Larimer County Manager Linda Hoffmann says Bassinger has the background and skills to create a comprehensive Recovery Program, “Recovery efforts are complex and diverse and Suzanne has the skills to accomplish the two major facets of this job: the services that are being provided to people; and, the physical recovery of our infrastructure and our lands.”
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