By Beth Dodd
At the Board of Teller County Commissioners meeting on January 13, the winners of the November election were sworn in by Judge Theresa Cisneros to start their new terms of office. All of the officials are familiar faces since no new candidates were elected this fall.
Coroner Al Born, Clerk and Recorder Krystal Brown, Assessor Betty Clark-Wine Sheriff Mike Ensminger, and Commissioner Dave Paul were sworn in before a room full of family, friends, and public servants at the county building in Cripple Creek. Treasurer and Public Trustee Bob Campbell was sworn in earlier on January 5, but was present for the event.
During the meeting, the public servants of Teller County were acknowledged and thanked, including the mayors, city council members, and school board members of Cripple Creek, Victor, and Woodland Park. The county’s department heads were also recognized.
During the January 13 meeting, Marc Dettenrieder was chosen to replace Dave Paul as the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. Norm Steen will continue as Vice Chairman. The chairman signs county documents, leads the commissioner’s meetings and certain other internal meetings, and chairs the Teller County Board of Health and Teller County Board of Social Services meetings.
The three commissioners briefly spoke about their hopes for the future of Teller County. Commissioner Dave Paul said he enjoyed his two years as county chairman.
“We have a lot of limits,” he claimed. “There’s no magic wand. Some of our better decisions are the things we don’t do. Our budget is smaller and we have been paying some debts. We are conservative when spending the tax payer’s money.”
Commissioner Steen is optimistic about the future of Teller County.
“I would like to see the board become more connected and collaborative as they influence the county’s policies and budget,” he said. “We will continue to advocate for the needs of the people of the county and support county department members.”
“We are ready to forge ahead in 2015,” said Commissioner Dettenreider.
“The County is poised to move in a positive direction this year,” he later added when asked about his goals and plans for the coming year. “County staff continues to demonstrate their dedication and committed service to our community. It is our duty and responsibility to be fiscal stewards of taxpayer dollars. We will once again maintain our active leadership role, representing Teller County at the local, regional, and state level. We look forward to further collaboration and enhanced partnerships with our elected official colleagues, community leaders, and our fellow citizens.”
Also at the January 13 meeting, Sheriff Ensminger introduced the new County Undersheriff, John Gomes. Gomes has a degree in criminal justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has been an adjunct instructor for the Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Academy, and worked for the Colorado State Patrol and the Woodland Park Police Department, serving as their Deputy Chief of Police.
At the end of the meeting, a date was set to discuss a request from the Ute Pass Ambulance District to change their name and scope of services. The discussion will take place on Thursday, February 19 at 9:15 AM at the county building in Cripple Creek.