GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Longtime Garfield County Commissioner John Martin has been named “Commissioner of the Year” by Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI), a statewide association that helps counties and other local governments work together on common issues.
The award was presented at CCI’s annual winter conference in Colorado Springs Dec. 4-5, and was announced at the regular Garfield County Board of County Commissioners meeting in Silt earlier this week.
The annual award is determined through voting by CCI members, and is ultimately determined by the board of directors of the nonprofit association.
“It was truly a surprise to me, because we all work as a team,” Martin said. “If I win something, I definitely share it with the entire group, every elected official, everyone in Garfield County, because that is who we work for, the citizens.”
Martin, who won re-election to a fifth term as Garfield County commissioner in 2012, added that he believes it’s his style to “work quietly and behind the scenes.”
“It is not about raising one single flag, it is raising our flag to make sure it is working, and that it is successful,” he said. “Hopefully we will continue to do that, and I will not have an ego out of proportion. It is truly an honor.”
Fellow Commissioners Mike Samson and Tom Jankovsky, who nominated Martin for the award, attended the CCI conference along with Martin and Garfield County Manager Andrew Gorgey.
“It is quite well deserved,” Samson said. “I appreciate [Martin] as a mentor in helping me understand county government. It is very complex in a lot of ways.”
Earlier this year, Martin was honored with the Dan Noble Award by Club 20, a Western Slope business and local government lobbying group. In addition to serving as chair of the Garfield County board, Martin is currently serving as president of the Western Interstate Region (WIR) of the National Association of Counties (NACo) board.