Item #7 on the agenda at the Mesa County Commissioners’ meeting tomorrow (Monday, August 30) at 9:00a.m., is signing a contract, (pdf) drafted by former Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams himself, that will officially make Williams Mesa County’s Designated Election Official (“DEO”) for the November 2021 coordinated election for the County. The contract says Williams will get a salary of $180/hour, discounted from his normal rate of $400/hour, and Mesa County will pay any non-lawyer assistants Williams taps from his law firm for help at the rate of $50/hour. The County will also pay Williams’ travel expenses to and from his home in Colorado Springs.
There is no stated maximum expense Mesa County will incur from retaining Williams for this position. Rather, the contract states the expense can be unlimited:
“Any estimate of fees and costs that we may have discussed is only an estimate, and is not an agreement to a fixed or maximum fee. Accordingly, we have made no commitment concerning the maximum fees and costs that will be necessary to resolve or complete this matter.”
Plus, the County is still paying Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters $7,723.42/month
In the mean time, the County is still paying current Mesa County Clerk and fugitive from the law Tina Peters her full salary, even though the Secretary of State has banned her from working on elections and she hasn’t been around for weeks. In June of 2020 (pdf) Peters got a salary of $7,723.42/month in gross wages, not including benefits like health insurance or perks like an expense account.
Peters fled the state August 10, and is being moved from safe house to safe house by fellow election conspiracy theorist and “My Pillow Guy” Mike Lindell. Lindell has been paying Peters’ hotel bills and security expenses while she promotes without evidence her notion that Mesa County’s voting systems are intentionally insecure and allow cheating. Peters says she has been threatened physically even though no evidence of such threats can be found.