Kremmling " West Grand Board of Education appoints Brendan Gale to vacant seat |

Kremmling " West Grand Board of Education appoints Brendan Gale to vacant seat

Katie Looby
Grand County, Colorado

The West Grand Board of Education appointed Brendan Gale to fill a vacant seat on Tuesday.

The position became available when former board member Jim Ellison retired.

The board recently chose Susan Ritschard to fill former board member Jenny Uren’s seat after she accepted a full-time kindergarten paraprofessional position.

Gale was among four candidates who applied and interviewed for that spot. The spot was offered to him because he was next in line for Uren’s seat, according to board President Larry Banman.

Gale is the manager of Spur Development. The West Grand alumnus has one child in the school district now, and another one on the way. He moved to Kremmling from northern New York in 1990.

His mother, Mary Pat Gale, also was a board of education member for two terms.

“I think it’s a dynamic time for the school board,” Gale said. “We’re in the process of finding a new superintendent.”

His term will go until November, and he then plans to run in the election. “This will give me some good experience,” he added.

Jim Ellison retired from the board. He said he plans to visit Alaska this month and permanently move there to take a full-time wild life trooper position in May.

“I’ve wanted to go to Alaska forever,” Ellison said.

He has been a wildlife officer in Kremmling for about 18 years. He served on the Board of Education for six years, but said is not sure if he will run for a seat in Alaska.

“We’ll have to wait and see,” he added.

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or

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