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Letter: I support eliminating term limits at Grand Lake Fire

To the Editor:

This letter is to show support for the Grand Lake Fire Protection District and the men and women of the department. Just a few days ago we had yet another "save" of a home that was experiencing a serious chimney fire. Year after year the Department's professional conduct and preparedness provide the community with the highest protection possible as well as the best insurance ratings.

To that end, I am strongly supporting the elimination of term limits for Grand Lake Fire Protection Board members. Currently board members are limited to two four-year terms of office. We are the only fire protection district in Grand County that has this restriction.

It is the board's responsibility to provide oversight, direction and supervision of the chief. The district draws board candidates from the same pool of residents as do a large number of other elected, appointed and volunteer boards throughout the community, along with church groups and service clubs. This drastically impacts the number of individuals willing and able to serve on any given board.

Even if term limits are eliminated, every board member must stand for election every four years. If the voters choose to eliminate term limits, they could keep experienced and dedicated board members beyond the two-term limit and afford a continuity of strategic leadership and supervision. By eliminating term limits, the district has the opportunity to provide the best possible board to the district, while welcoming new candidates and knowledge during electoral periods.

However you see the issue, if you are a residential property owner within the Grand Lake Fire Protection District and are a registered voter in Colorado, please vote.

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Fred Schroeder

Grand Lake

Current GLFPD Board Member

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