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Responsibilities of the office: County Commissioners in Colorado are responsible for adopting the county budget; declaring county emergencies; entering into contracts; purchasing, maintaining and selling county property; providing human services; authority for roadways, land use and zoning in unincorporated areas; developing and implementing county policy; supervision of the County Administrator and staff; and working in cooperation with other elected county officials and municipal officials within the county.Term for each seat: Four years. Limit is two consecutive four-year terms.How Elected: County Commissioners are elected at large by all eligible voters within the county but a candidate must live within their specific district._________Comisionados del Condado Responsabilidades del Cargo: Los comisionados del condado de Colorado son responsables de adoptar el presupuesto del condado; declarar emergencias del condado; gestionar contratos; comprar, mantener, y vender propiedades del condado; proporcionar servicios humanos; autoridad para carreteras, y el uso de tierras y la zonificación de zonas no incorporadas; desarrollar e implementar políticas del condado; supervisar al Administrador y al personal del condado; y trabajar en cooperación con otros funcionarios electos del condado y funcionarios municipales dentro del condado.Term for each seat: Four years. Limit is two consecutive four-year terms.El mandato de cada cargo: Cuatro años. El limite es dos mandatos consecutivos de cuatro años._______ELECTION INFO: General Election ballots will start to be mailed on October 9th, 2020. Voter Service and Polling Centers open on Monday, October 19th, 2020. Ballots must be received via mail or at drop-off no later than Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, by 7 pm. If you have not received your ballot or need a replacement, contact your local Clerk & Recorder Elections OfficeINFROMACIÓN SOBRE LAS ELECCIONES: Las papeletas de votación para las Elecciones Generales empezarán a ser enviadas el 9 de octubre del 2020. Los Centros de Servicios Electorales se abren el lunes, 19 de octubre del 2020. Las papeletas electorales deben ser enviadas por correo o entregadas en un centro de entrega a más tardar a las 7pm el martes, 3 de noviembre del 2020. Si no ha recibido su papeleta electoral o necesita un reemplazo, comuníquese con su Funcionario Oficial de la Oficina de Elecciones local

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What are your top priorities for the county and how will you address them?

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Background More than a decade in local government, starting as Central City Alderman, then Mayor, and now finishing up a first term as County Commissioner. Retired from a 22 year career with Denver Public Schools IT department, developing data solutions and leading a team of developers.
Contact phone 720.333.4628
Before the start of this global pandemic, my top priorities for Gilpin County were to continue executing on the three legs of our recently adopted strategic plan—build financial sustainability, implement long-range planning and develop the Gilpin County workforce. Since March, those priorities have taken a back seat to keeping county residents, employees and visitors safe and healthy. Over and above responding to the health issues of the pandemic, it’s been necessary to chart a course that will keep essential services viable for the next several years until the economy gets back to something like normal. In the short-term, that means figuring out how to cut about 25% from an already lean budget. In the long-term—well, we’re still working on that.
Financial crisis or not, budgeting needs to be driven by the county’s strategic plan. We have to always ask, “How does this spending decision contribute to getting us to our desired outcome?” With the severe revenue declines the county is seeing now, staying focused on outcomes is even more important. Even when revenues are healthy, making spending decisions that are not outcome-oriented quickly become wasteful—what seemed like a good idea yesterday is abandon in favor of today’s shiny new idea. That’s a recipe for never reaching a goal. Now that county revenue has tanked, the kind of thoughtful, goal oriented financial decision making I bring to the table is what the county most needs.
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