Granby area’s Gary Cooper is honored and remembered |

Granby area’s Gary Cooper is honored and remembered

Gary Cooper

At its 34th annual conference, the Special District Association of Colorado honored the late Gary Cooper from the SilverCreek Water and Sanitation District with its 2009 Distinguished Manager Award.

The Association annually presents this award to special district managers who demonstrate outstanding leadership, dedication and service to his or her district.

The award was announced at the Special District Association Annual Conference, held in Keystone on Sept. 23-25.

Gary Cooper was the original design and construction engineer for the SilverCreek Water and Sanitation District and became the district’s first manager. He remained the district manager for 27 years until he died in April of 2009.

According to the district, Cooper took the district from millions of dollars in debt to a solvent district with millions of dollars in reserves. He was commended for always putting customer service first.

Having been a part of the district since its inception, he was very invested in making the district work to the best of its ability, district members say.

Cooper’s main goal was to keep rates as low as possible while still delivering a high level of service.

Staff members at Silver Creek Water and Sanitation remember Cooper as “an amazing man, the kind of person you can’t say enough nice things about.” He always investigated all options before making a decision and valued staff input.

Cooper’s wife LaVon Cooper and son Martin Cooper received the Special District Association award of 2009 Distinguished Manager on his behalf.