NWCCOG committee honors Newberry
December 3, 2015
The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments Water Quality/Quantity Committee has issued a proclamation honoring former Grand County Commissioner James Newberry for his contributions to the committee.
Newberry served as chair of the committee for more than 15 years.
Among the accomplishments listed are championing legislation to protect Western Slope water rights, fostering agreements between water users and taking part in the development of landmark programs like Learning by Doing.
"We are deeply grateful for James Newberry's public policy leadership and friendship; the headwaters of Colorado are forever changed for the better thanks to his vision and unwavering belief in protecting water resources through cooperative problem solving at the local government level," the proclamation states.
The document includes commendations from both county and local government officials from Pitkin, Eagle, Summit and Grand counties as well as other members of the committee.
Newberry resigned from public office as part of a plea deal last month after pleading no contest to one felony count of embezzlement of public property.
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Prosecutors alleged that Newberry "double-dipped" on mileage reimbursements from Grand County and the Colorado River Water Conservation District, double-charged Grand County for mileage and sought reimbursement for mileage to NWCCOG that minutes indicate he did not attend.