County seeks help with Iraqi leader’s bill | AspenTimes.com

County seeks help with Iraqi leader’s bill

Charles Agar

Pitkin county is asking Forstmann Little & Co. to pay some of the $65,000 security costs of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s visit to its conference last week.Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis collected data from government entities that participated in the “security event” of Talabani’s visit. Between county and city police, ambulance service (an ambulance needed to be on call at the site), and traffic control, the cost in manpower was $55,000, and the “care and feeding” of the force came to $10,000.Braudis said the city has a good relationship with Forstmann Little & Co., which holds its annual conference in Aspen. He said the conference has attracted some big names in the past, and some attendees brought their own security, but never a head of state requiring U.S. Secret Service protection.For other conferences, Braudis said, Forstmann Little has asked for officers for special security details, but usually only one, for a few hours.”Their conferences in the past never involved a person that requires protection,” Braudis said.”This is my first dialogue with them,” regarding costs, Braudis said. He had no promises or commitments from the company, but he said that once he provides the data, “the ball is in their court.” Braudis said he feels it is part of his job not only to protect the community but also to protect the community treasury.”It is my desire, my hope, my request that they reimburse us,” Braudis said.Charles Agar’s e-mail address is cagar@aspentimes.com.

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