QUALIFICATIONS THAT SET ME APART FROM THE COMPETITION
As your County Commissioner, I will list my Qualifications so that you can see that I have a much better understanding of and about the current governance of our county than any of my opponents running for this position.
I am currently serving on the Mesa County Planning Commission and have been a member of that board for 11 years. I have been the Chairman the past two years. Our duties on the commission are to look over land replats, zoning issues, review projects that citizens want to implement and pass our recommendations on the the Board of county Commissioners for their approval or denial of a project. Over the years I have gained immense knowledge of how our county works. I am directly involved in the formulation of the Master plan for our county and will have a part in creating updates as warranted.
Natural Resources Management Plan ( NRMP)
One of the projects I take pride in is that we are starting to work on the Natural Resources Management Plan. This is a comprehensive overview as to how the citizens of our county would like to see how our natural resources are used and managed. I am proud to be a part of this steering committee. I feel I can do my part to represent our growing community in a manner that is responsible to ourselves and our environment. From hiking trails, to river activities, to campgrounds, 4 wheeling, hunting, Winter activities, bicycling, wildlife management and beyond. Most of these activities I love and enjoy. My commitment is to create a plan that firstly takes care of our county's natural beauty. Secondly provides for the responsible and proper management of oil and gas leases in our area, and thirdly promotes a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment for generations to come. Please see the outline on the comments page in this website.
Zoning code upgrade
We have recently completed the upgrade of our zoning ordinances to reflect the changing times. We feel this is a very simplified and better approach for developers and citizens alike to understand and work in an unobtrusive way from the usual "red tape" you find in government.
In dealing with our county's watershed management, the commissioners will now be tasked with the operational costs and direct management from a previous entity. This will involve many facets in how the surface water and storm water is dispersed into our current systems. I have experience in helping plan these diversions as well as other issues concerning water rights and use from being Mayor of Cripple Creek, Colorado.
Our approved budget for Mesa County for 2020 is $188 million. Those revenues are generated from oil and gas fees inclusive of "enterprise revenues", taxation, State funds, federal funds, property taxes and other sources. As your county commissioner my job is to see that these sources remain viable and are used to the best advantage for our community. If you have doubts that I do not have experience in budgetary finance, please consider that my former city, Cripple Creek Co. went from a budget of just over $400,000. annually to $12.5 million in the first year that limited stakes gambling came in. When I became Mayor, we were tasked in how to return those monies to the community in a responsible way the citizens wanted and expected. As your county commissioner I will certainly bring that knowledge to our community table and will be transparent to you, the constituent, as to how the money is used.
Having owned 4 different small business has always been a challenge. I am very adept at how to manage people, money, governmental entities, and always look for the best possible outcome when I see it. In my business portfolio you will find me as owning a convenience store, a women's clothing store, a guided walking tour business, and a restaurant consulting business. In addition, I have experience with management in the hospitality business, working on ranches, and I have been an instructor in outdoor education for children. I have worked as a victim advocate, crisis response, private probation, and currently for the state of Colorado in the Department of Corrections. These are just a few of the challenging jobs I have taken for work over the years, and I love a good challenge. My challenge as your county commissioner is to make our county a model for all communities to look at and follow. This is why I want to be your next County Commissioner!
I do like to do things to relax and think about nothing sometimes. I find that as a healthy way to reflect and not get too stressed out over current events. I love to relax by spending time around the house doing "projects". Spending quality time with my family, friends, pet rabbits, cats, and one very slow tortoise (that can disappear in a flash) are very important to me. Riding my bicycle, going for a hike in our wonderful backyard beauty and tent camping is a great way to stay in touch with the outdoor world. I love to cook, I have done that professionally for years and I love to create new fare and pick apart recipes at every opportunity. Traveling to places I have never been and seeing things I have never seen both locally and internationally are important to my cultural awareness and well being. I like to read about historical events and compare them to our world as it is in the present, along with exploring the balance of and the relationships between humans, all animals, and our natural world.