Councilor Spotlight: Dave Johnson
Occupation: Sales and distribution at the Glenwood Springs Post Office
Hometown: Iron Mountain, Mich.
Years in Glenwood: 30
Term up? November 2009
Did you hold any public offices or serve on any advisory boards before the city council? The Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Board, Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission and the Glenwood Springs Comprehensive Plan Committee.
Why did you decide to run for city council? It seemed to be the next step from planning and zoning to help make community-based decisions.
Was that a good decision? Yes.
Will you run again when your term is up? No.
How much city council related time do you spend each week? About 10 to 12 hours.
Does it cut into family or personal time in a significant way? It cuts into my personal time, and that’s a questionable substitute for my social life.
What’s the best thing about being on the city council? Working on a solution.
What’s the worst thing about being on the city council? Accepting a decision I feel is wrong.
What was the most challenging issue you’ve ever voted on as a city council member? Not so much on city council, but Red Feather Ridge and the Meadows projects were two that really stick out.
Has being on the city council taught you about how the government works? It has taught me how people can make government work.
Ever had a book, movie or news event change your life? Events such as John Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Martin Luther King.
When did you move to Garfield County and why? In May 1979. Oil shale was booming, jobs were available and I had a sister here.
What do you do in your spare time? Outdoor stuff.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A geologist.
Best piece of advice, or a cliche to live by? Do unto others …
What’s the greatest invention of all time? Pizza.
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