Grand County Commissioner Kris Manguso resigns to take role of community development director

Kristen "Kris" Manguso resigned from the Grand County Board of County Commissioners to become the county's community development director.

Kristen Manguso announced today her resignation from her role as Grand County District 3 county commissioner in order to take the role of Grand County community development director.

Manguso joined the Board of County Commissioners in 2014 after serving as the county’s planning director for eight years. Prior to coming to Grand County, Manguso served in the U.S. Air Force for six years. In November 2021, she told the Sky-Hi News that after serving eight years as a county commissioner, she would not seek a third and final term on the Grand County board.

The Grand County Community Development Department consists of three divisions: planning and zoning, building and sanitation, and geographic information systems. The department advises the Board of County Commissioners on matters relating to the physical, economic and social development of the county.

During a phone call with the Sky-Hi News, Manguso said she took the development director position to help alleviate the department of its “struggle with historical knowledge” and to get the “great people there trained up.”

“Ms. Manguso’s experience and institutional knowledge of this Department, both as a former Planning Director and her tenure as County Commissioner, is of great benefit to the citizens of Grand County and the development community,” said County Manager Ed Moyer. “I believe Ms. Manguso is the right person to fill this important role in Grand County at this time.”

Commissioner Merrit Linke (District 2) and Commissioner Rich Cimino (District 1) extended their sincere gratitude to Manguso for the time she has served citizens as Commissioner, and said they look forward to working with her in this new capacity.

Manguso’s resignation is effective Monday, June 20 at 5 p.m. The Grand County Republican Party Vacancy Committee will be responsible for appointing a replacement for the District 3 commissioner for the remainder of Manguso’s term.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said Ms. Manguso resigned as commissioner after taking the role of community development director. She resigned in order to take the role.

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