Board of County Commissioners Seeks Candidates for Position of County Surveyor

La Plata County is seeking applications for individuals interested in being considered for the position of La Plata County Surveyor to fill the position that will be vacated by Steven McCormack on January 9, 2023. The County Surveyor is an elected position, and under the Colorado Constitution Article XIV, Section 9, a vacancy in the office of the County Surveyor shall be filled by appointment of the Board of County Commissioners to serve the term of office.  The successful candidate will be appointed Jan. 24, 2023 to fill the term of the County Surveyor, which expires in January 2027. 

Primary duties of the County Surveyor are to:

  • To represent the county in boundary disputes pursuant to CRS § 30-6-110 and CRS § 30-10-906 and to locate lost, destroyed, or disputed corners and boundaries pursuant to CRS § 38-44-104;
  • To notify the county attorney of any unsettled boundary disputes or boundary discrepancies within the county which may come to his attention;
  • To file in the office of the county surveyor, or in the office of the county clerk and recorder if there is no office for the county surveyor in the county, all surveys, field notes, calculations, maps, and any other records pertaining to work authorized and financed by the board of county commissioners. All surveys made by the county surveyor or his deputies shall be numbered consecutively by the county surveyor, and all field notes and calculations pertaining to such surveys shall be endorsed by the county surveyor with the number of the survey to which they pertain.

The county surveyor may, when authorized by the board of county commissioners:

(a) Conduct surveys to establish the boundaries of county property, including road rights-of-way, or any other surveys necessary to the county;

(b) Accept for filing maps of surveys that establish monuments and keep a current record of all survey monuments within the county;

(c) Examine all survey maps and plats before they are recorded by the county clerk and recorder to insure proper content and form;

(d) Conduct geodetic control surveys, vertical control surveys, or any surveys for the purpose of geographic information systems;

(e) Conduct or supervise construction surveys necessary to the county; and

(f) Provide reference monuments for or the remonumentation or monument upgrades of public land survey system monuments that are destroyed by county construction or other functions;

(g) Provide other services requiring the expertise of a professional land surveyor as agreed upon by the County Surveyor and the Board of County Commissioners.

Any person applying for the position must be a licensed surveyor in Colorado.
Individuals who are interested in being considered for appointment as La Plata County Surveyor should submit a letter of interest, along with a detailed resume or curriculum vitae, to the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners, by email to or by US Mail or in person to 1101 E. 2nd Ave., Durango, CO 81301 by January 2, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. 

Any questions may be directed to Ted Holteen at 970-382-6265.