Grand Lake treasurer Gay Dzinski retires |

Grand Lake treasurer Gay Dzinski retires

Outgoing Grand Lake treasurer Gay Dzinski, seated, and incoming treasurer Erin Ackerman. Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News | Sky-Hi News

Gay Dzinski, the Town of Grand Lake’s treasurer for the past nine years is leaving the town to start her retirement effective this Friday, May 31. Dzinski’s position will be taken over by Erin Ackerman, who has lived in Grand County since 1996 and has worked in various accounting roles throughout the county.

Dzinski and her husband Steve, who have been married for 15 years, plan to move out of the county to somewhere with warmer weather to ensure they don’t have to shovel snow anymore and to make sure they are able to get some rounds of golf in.

They are currently planning a trip to Ecuador where they will stay in a house on the beach for four months. “So many people have volunteered to come down from here we should open a bed and breakfast,” Dzinski said.

“I have no idea what life will bring us after that, but we are pretty much willing to give anything a shot,” she said.

Dzinski and her husband bought a vacation spot in Grand Lake shortly after they were married, though they both used to vacation in the area as children and decided to look for work in the area to become full-time residents.

Both Dzinski and her husband are Colorado natives with Gay born and raised in the Denver area and Steve raised in Center.

“He was used to small-town life and I was used to big-town life, and I thought ‘I could live in a small town’ and I absolutely love it and wouldn’t dream about living in the city again,” Dzinski said.

Dzinski said the people who work for the town and the people she has met are what she will miss the most about Grand County.

Though working as the town’s treasurer is mostly a behind-the-scenes job, Dzinski was involved in some major projects by the town during her time here. She oversaw the town’s transition to an up-to-date integrated accounting system as well as helped to organize the town’s acquisition of the Headwaters Marina.

The marina is a self-sustaining enterprise of the town run by the town staff and paid for through its revenues.

While Dzinski says she enjoys working behind-the-scenes, she admits, “I am the most popular person in town on payday,” she said.

Dzinski wished everyone on Grand County the best and said of her replacement, “I think she [Ackerman] is going to be fabulous and I think she is going to be a real asset to the town.”

In with the new

Ackerman has been training for the past week under Dzinski to learn all of the ins and outs of the position, something Dzinski says she is picking up very quickly.

Ackerman has worked in accounting roles in the private sector for many years and says she is ready to make the transition to working for a public entity.

“I really enjoy accounting and bookkeeping and it is nice to have a place where your talents are appreciated,” Ackerman said.

Ackerman has been married for eight years and has three children. Her husband took a job last year working for the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District and her oldest child, who is 14, will be attending West Grand High School next year while her two younger children, ages 8 and 6, attend Granby Elementary. “They definitely keep us on our toes,” she said.

“I am very excited to be here and to have this chance,” Ackerman said.

Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334

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