Consultant secures CMC board seat as college cancels election
A Glenwood Springs man who failed in a bid to be appointed to a local school board will serve on Colorado Mountain College’s board instead.Stan Orr will fill the eastern Garfield County seat on the CMC board, after the college canceled its November election due to a lack of any contested races.Orr will replace four-year board member John Pattillo, also of Glenwood Springs. Pattillo had served for four years.Benita Bristol will replace Dan Hanin in Routt County. Wes Duran will succeed Helen Ginandes Weiss in Lake County.Only one candidate stepped forward by the deadline at the end of August to run for each of the seats being vacated by the incumbents. Canceling the election will save CMC about $20,000 in election costs, said college spokesperson Debbie Crawford.The three newcomers will begin their service at the November board meeting.Orr, who lives in Canyon Creek, sought appointment last year to a vacant seat on the Roaring School District Re-1 Board of Education. The board instead appointed Sonja Linman.Linman decided against running for election to that seat this fall, and Orr made the same decision. He said that after being interviewed for the position in January and hearing all the duties Re-1 board members take on, he was almost relieved Linman received the appointment instead.”The workload just appeared to me to be incredible,” he said.He said he feels more comfortable that he can fulfill the demands of the CMC position.”I’m looking forward to serving the community,” he said.Orr moved to the Glenwood Springs area from Oklahoma in 2000. He had taught fifth-grade math and science for about seven years before moving to Colorado. He left education to form his own company, Nonprofit Resources.Orr said his company does association management and consulting work. It manages three national construction-related clients, working in lieu of a paid staff to take care of convention planning, Web sites, communications, finances and day-to-day operations.He hopes both his past and present occupations can prove beneficial to CMC.”I hope that I can bring something to bear and at the same time learn something,” he said.He said he didn’t know whether to expect any competition for the board seat.”Obviously there is a certain amount of disappointment that more people aren’t willing to serve, but I understand too that there are time commitments,” he said.Crawford said the last CMC board elections also were uncontested.”I think it’s something we see in all aspects of public life. We’re seeing that in school boards, we’re seeing that on city councils. I think people are incredibly busy and it’s hard to find the time to volunteer,” she said.Crawford’s husband, Russ Arensman, is running uncontested for one of four Glenwood Springs City Council seats this fall. Two of the other council races also are uncontested, while two candidates, Dave Sturges and David Blazier, are vying for a fourth seat.CMC has seven board members altogether. Hanin had served since last December, after being appointed to replace Rob Dick, who was moving out of Routt County’s CMC district.Crawford said Benita Bristol has long ties with CMC’s campus in Steamboat Springs. Her late husband, Everett, founded Yampa Valley College, which later became CMC’s Alpine Campus. She established a scholarship in his name.Weiss, of Twin Lakes, also had served on CMC’s board from 1986 to 1993 while living in Eagle County. Duran is retired from the Air Force and also lives in Twin Lakes.Contact Dennis Webb: firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Spring Colorado CO
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