Former CSU Extension Director Unclear on Why County Commissioners Blocked Him From Entering Office

Jul 11, 2018

It’s been over a month since former Colorado State University extension director Tom Hooten was blocked from entering his new office in Montezuma County. He still doesn’t have a clear explanation why. 

On May 29, the extension office was preparing to move into its new office at the county annex. It was then that Hooten claims commissioner Larry Don Suckla walked in and said, “Tom, I hate to do this to you, but you’re not allowed in the new building.”


Suckla did not respond to a request for comment.


It was the start of a confusing several-week period where Hooten had to work remotely and without access to files, an office phone or a county vehicle. He has since switched to CSU’s agriculture agent for the county as Kacey Schurr Riedel became the new extension director.


Hooten sat down with KSJD’s Daniel Rayzel to discuss his perspective of the blocking and the future of CSU’s work in the county.