AGNC gets new executive director |

AGNC gets new executive director

Heidi Rice
Western Garfield County Staff

After 24 years, the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado will have a new executive director when Jim Evans retires from the position and Aron Diaz takes his place.

The announcement that Diaz had been chosen for the job was made public Tuesday afternoon.

“He was chosen by a selection committee from about four or five other candidates,” said AGNC Chairman and Meeker Mayor Steve Loshbaugh.

“He’s a go-getter and has a lot of experience with governmental groups. We think he’ll do a great job for us.”

Diaz is currently the Business Outreach Representative for the Colorado state Office of Workforce Development. He is a Rifle High School graduate and attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has a bachelor’s degree from Colorado Christian University.

In addition to his position as Business Outreach Representative, Diaz was also appointed by Gov. Bill Owens to the Colorado State Rehabilitation Council. He has previous experience as legislative liaison for Congressman Bob Schaefer and as legislative analyst for U.S. West Communications. He has worked as an administrative assistant for Russ George when he was a state legislator and as a legislative intern for U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard.

“His experience in these positions should help him in his new job, since he will also serve as administrator for the Northwest Colorado Enterprise Zone in addition to his duties as AGNC executive director,” Loshbaugh said.

The AGNC represents cities and counties on regional issues in the five-county area of Garfield, Mesa, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties. The AGNC office is located at Rifle City Hall.

“Aron has a good background in the legislative arena, which should help us on energy and natural-resource issues,” Loshbaugh said.

Diaz will assume his new duties as AGNC executive director on Jan. 1, 2006, replacing Jim Evans, who is retiring from the position after 24 years.

“Jim has done a great job for us,” Loshbaugh said.

“His will be hard shoes to fill, but we think Aaron will step right in and do a great job for our group.”

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