Grand Fire welcomes newly elected Board members
May 12, 2016
The Grand Fire Protection District (GFPD), headquartered in Granby, is one of four fire protection districts east of Byers Canyon in Grand County. The District recently held an election for new members of the department's Board of Directors.
Grand Fire's Assistant Chief Schelly Olson provided unofficial results last week. The results were formally certified on May 12 following the legally mandated waiting period for receipt of overseas military ballots.
The election, held in early May, featured four candidates, Ray Jennings, Alina Bell, Patricia Peterson and Susan Thurston, running for two four-year terms on the Board. Voters within the District have selected Alina Bell and Patricia Peterson as the next members of the Board. Bell received a total of 66 votes while Peterson received 41. Candidates Ray Jennings and Susan Thurston received 33 votes and 30 votes respectively.
Bell was a member of the GFPD Board of Directors before the May 3 election, having previously been appointed to a position on the Board when former Board member Jeff Crane retired mid-term. Peterson will replace outgoing Board member Gary Nordloh.
“I hope that my experience in the past will make a difference in the future in decisions the Fire Board makes on behalf of the Fire Department of Granby.”Patricia Peterson
Following the election Patricia "Patty" Peterson expressed her happiness with the results. "I am pleased to be a part of the special election and the Fire Board," Peterson said. "I hope that my experience in the past will make a difference in the future in decisions the Fire Board makes on behalf of the Fire Department of Granby."
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Grand Fire's Chief and District Administrator Ron Thompson explained he is looking forward to working with the new Board, which is largely unchanged from the previous Board. "We are basically coming back to four of the same members we had with one change, that being Patty," said Chief Thompson. "I look forward to a very positive relationship with the Board. They have a very high level of interest in serving the community from a fire safety and life safety standpoint."
Moving forward Chief Thompson said he expects positive developments. "I see a continuation of the path we have been on. I don't see any negatives at all. We have a really positive attitude as a group."
Bell and Peterson will join the GFPD's other Board members Wayne Kerber, Richard Himes and Michael Brooks.