Mesa County commissioners hire human services director, attorney

Jill Calvert

Jill Calvert has been hired as executive director of the Mesa County Department of Human Services. Todd Starr has been hired as Mesa County Attorney.

Calvert will return to Mesa County from Colorado Springs, where she served as director of children, youth and family services for El Paso County. She worked 23 years for the Mesa County Department of Human Services. She completed her undergraduate coursework at Colorado Mesa University and holds a master’s degree in social and community services from Capella University.

Todd Starr

“I’m excited for the opportunity to return home to Mesa County. This is where I experienced firsthand the strong work ethic of county employees,” Calvert said. “I have felt the commitment and pride for this region, and I have been amazed at the sense of commitment this community has for the well-being and independence of its residents. It’s an honor to continue working with Mesa county to take our place as the leaders in Colorado, if not the nation.”

Starr brings to his duties more than 30 years of experience. That includes his work as county attorney in Archuleta County, where he also served as interim administrator. He’s worked as county attorney in Dolores, Rio Blanco and Saguache counties. He holds a law degree from Creighton University and Masters of Law degree from Boston University.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to advise the board of county commissioners and look forward to using my private and public sector experience to serve the county,” he said.