Tollett replaces Newberry |

Tollett replaces Newberry

Hank Shell
Grand County Commissioner Jane Tollett, left, converses with the rest of the board on Monday, Nov. 30. Tollett has replaced James Newberry.
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Jane Tollett has replaced James Newberry as the Grand County Commissioner for District 1.

District Court Judge Mary Hoak swore Tollett in on Monday morning, Nov. 30 in the commissioner’s meeting room in Hot Sulphur Springs.

“I am proud and excited to be the new District 1 Commissioner and am looking forward to working with all the great people here in Grand County government,” Tollett said.

Tollett held executive and managerial positions with Procter & Gamble for 25 years and served as executive director for the Grand County Water Information Network for six years, according to her résumé.

A vacancy committee comprised of members of the local Democratic Party selected Tollett out of three finalists.

Grand County Democratic Party Chair Sandy Doudna, who served on the vacancy committee, said Tollett’s business and water background made her the standout candidate to replace Newberry, who was heavily involved in Western Slope water issues.

“With the water background, with her business background, with her business acumen, let’s face it – she can read financials; she can budget,” Doudna said. “You’re not going to get a lot past Jane.”

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that one of Tollett’s priorities was “policing water diversions.” That statement was incorrect. The Sky-Hi News regrets the error.

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