Board Chairman Receives Distinguished Service Award

A bevy of county officials stepping down

Teller County Commission Chairman Bob Campbell is finishing his eight-year stint with the elected board in award-winning style.

Campbell recently received the Distinguished Service honor by the Colorado Counties, Inc., (CCI) group, the main lobbying organization for Colorado counties. Campbell was the top pick for this honor among more than 200 commissioners throughout the state.

The award was recent given to Campbell at an annual dinner and publicly announced at last week’s regular meeting of the county commissioners. “It was very humbling,” said Campbell, in discussing the award.

Campbell was honored mostly for his financial and legislative roles with CCI.

He has served as the chairman of CCI’s tax and finance committee for four years. Plus, he has been a member of a CCI master legislative committee, which examines a variety of issues impacting Colorado counties. Campbell, who has gained a reputation for his financial expertise, has been a big county player in issues affecting the Pikes Peak Workforce, transportation and social services and many matters dealing with money and taxes.

This Thursday (Dec. 16) will mark Campbell’s final meeting as a member of the county board of commissioners. Campbell, a CPA and professional tax accountant, who owns the Divide Tax and Fiancial Planning business, was first elected to the board in Nov. 2002.

However, he won’t be leaving the county’s’ services. Similar to the route pursued by veteran county official Connie Joiner (who has served as both clerk and recorder and treasurer), Campbell was elected last November as Teller’s new treasurer.

He will begin his role as the county’s new treasurer at the beginning of January 2011.

Also, handing over their offices’ reins due to term limits are Clerk and Recorder Patricia Crowson, Joiner and Coroner Dr. Earl Byrne. Plus, Assessor Tom King, who lost to Betty Clark-Wine in last summer’s Republican primary, will be stepping down.

With the exception of the treasurer’s seat, the official changing of the guard will occur during the commissioners’ first meeting in Jan. 2011.

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