Pitkin County assessor at Denver hospital | AspenTimes.com

Pitkin County assessor at Denver hospital

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado
Jack Hatfield and Tom Isaac.

DENVER – Pitkin County Assessor Tom Isaac, being treated for an infection in a Denver hospital, said Tuesday he remains in regular contact with his office staff and intends to return to work as quickly as possible.

County commissioners on Tuesday quizzed County Manager Jon Peacock on the assessor’s condition and about their responsibility for ensuring that the duties of the elected office are fulfilled.

Peacock said he hasn’t yet looked into a re-appointment process and hopes that isn’t necessary.

“He [Isaac] is having a significant health issue that we hope he’s going to be able to recover from and come back,” Peacock said.

Isaac was initially admitted to Aspen Valley Hospital and then taken to Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver last week.

He said he is receiving antibiotics for a “pressure sore” and expects to have minor surgery to close the wound, which developed on his leg from long hours spent in a wheelchair. Isaac is a quadriplegic.

“I’m keeping tabs – I talk to my office almost daily,” Isaac said in a phone call Tuesday. “My intentions are to be back at work as soon as possible.”

Isaac was elected to his fifth four-year term in office in November.

County voters in 2000 repealed term limits for the assessor’s post, along with the clerk and recorder, and the sheriff’s position.

When Silvia Davis, former clerk and recorder, stepped down in 2005 with about a year left in her term, commissioners appointed Janice Vos Caudill to the post. She then sought election a year later.


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