Grand Lake Fire elects new Board
This spring Grand County has played host to a plethora of local government elections. From Town government to special districts the citizens of Grand County have cast votes for their chosen leaders. Most of the elections were held in April but the Grand Lake Fire Protection District (GLFPD) held their Board elections in early May.
Officials from Grand Lake Fire provided unofficial election results last week. The results will become official this week after the legally required waiting period for the submission of overseas military ballots.
The Grand Lake Fire Protection District Board election featured five candidates running for four seats. Both Richard Romshek and Mindy Nelson ran unopposed for two-year terms on the Board and both were elected with Romshek receiving 139 votes and Nelson receiving 114.
Richard Romshek expressed his thanks to the voters of the district. “I appreciate the voters confidence in us,” Romshek said. “I am looking forward to working with this board in the interests of the Fire District. I am excited to be back associated with the Fire District.”
“I hope the new Board brings some changes to Grand Lake Fire,” said Mindy Nelson. “I think the new Board should bring better health to the taxpayers, the employees, the membership and pretty much everyone who works with the department.”
The GLFPD election also featured three candidates, Hayden Burke, Chris Ruske and David Craig, running for two four-year terms on the Board. Both Ruske and Craig secured seats on the Board of Directors for Grand Lake Fire receiving 101 votes and 131 votes respectively. Candidate Hayden Burke received 68 votes.
David Craig expressed excitement regarding his election. “I’m just honored that the fine citizens of Grand Lake would consider me a suitable candidate for the Board,” Craig said. “I am going to return their kindness by serving them well and representing their interests… The last year that I have been a part of the Board we have tried diligently to operate in a transparent light and I expect that to continue.”
Chris Ruske was more taciturn in his comments. “I just appreciate everybody who voted for me,” Ruske said. “Hopefully we continue on with all the positives we have been able to perform for the last couple of years.”
Grand Lake Fire Chief Mike Long offered comments on the results of the election stating, “I’m eager to work with the new board and it should be an easy transition as I know them all both personally and professionally.” Chief Long explained that while the Board is technically taking on new members there is a wealth of previous experience within the department among the candidates who ran. “Three of the board members are rolling over from the last board and that’s a good thing for the community from a current knowledge and continuity of operations standpoint. The other two ‘new’ members have served with the GLFPD in a variety of roles (up to Fire Chief in the case of Dick Romshek) in the past so they are coming in with a working knowledge of the organization.”
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