Meet your new county manager, Lee Staab
Lee Staab answered a few questions about his new roll as Grand County Manager. Staab will begin serving as manager on August 29. He served in the military for more than 27 years and was assigned as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the Army in the Pentagon. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and the University of Illinois with degrees in Engineering. In 2012 he attended Harvard Business School and completed the Executive Education Program. In 2014 Staab was selected as the City Manager for Minot, ND.
What are a few of your goals as county manager?
First, it is to understand the needs of the citizens of Grand County. It is very important to hear directly from the citizens of our county. Therefore, I will take some time to learn about the opportunities facing our county. It is my intent to learn about the county by conversing with the citizens, the elected and the appointed officials within the county.
Where are you planning to live in Grand County?
My wife, Wanda, and I are planning to purchase a home in Granby. We did have the opportunity to look at homes while we were there, and we settled on a home that will be sufficient for us when we have our large family visit.
What is appealing about Grand County to you?
When I first looked at the position of County Manager for Grand County, the most appealing aspects of the job were the people, the location and the environment. Having lived in Colorado for several years, I have grown to enjoy the friendliness of the people of our state. During my recent trip to Grand County, my wife and I were welcomed at every location that we went. Although we were total strangers, everyone commented on the positive aspects of Grand County. Most everyone had a genuine concern to both retain the pristine environment of the county, while looking at “Smart” development within the county. I am very anxious to living and working in the Grand County Community.
What outdoor sports do you participate in?
Our entire family enjoys all of the outdoor activities that Grand County has to offer. I have been a long distance runner for many years, and plan on continuing with that sport in the higher elevations of Grand County. Both the summer and winter activities are so very appealing. Wanda and I love the outdoors, so we will be spending most of our free time enjoying the beautiful scenery.
What do you see in the future for Grand County?
One of the reasons for my desire to work with Grand County: The positive future for the community. Although relatively small in population, Grand County is a desirable location for many other citizens of Colorado. The attractions to Grand County (landscape, small communities, outdoor activities, and wonderful people) are priceless. As a community, Grand County can leverage those resources to develop a positive future for the county, while maintaining the quality of life that attracts and retains everyone here.
How will you spend your first 90 days as County Manager?
As I have done with all of my many professional jobs, I usually spend the first few weeks and months getting to know the people who I will work with and the citizens of Grand County, whom I will work for. I expect to attend almost every public event, regardless of the location within the county. That personal interface, with the citizens of the county, will give me a clearer understanding of the opportunities facing Grand County. With everyone working together in a synchronized effort, we will be able to embrace the opportunities of the county, and move the county forward in a direction that benefits everyone.
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