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Director who raised Garfield Legal Services from its infancy leaving state

Donna Daniels
Staff Writer

The longtime director of Garfield Legal Services, Cheryl Hurst, is moving on.

She is getting married in September and moving to the Pacific Northwest.

Garfield Legal Services provides legal assistance to low-income people. It also sponsors the Tuesday Night Bar, a program in which local attorneys provide low-cost advice on civil matters.

Hurst took over as director of the program in August 1988. She previously worked at Garfield Youth Services and the county jail. The program was founded in 1982.

“Garfield Legal Services was like an infant,” when she took over, she said.

Hurst spent her time at first “putting Band-Aids on domestic violence cases.”

“I feel like I’ve taken it from infancy to adolescence. Now I need someone to manage this unruly teenager,” she laughed.

Hurst said she hopes to hire someone by the beginning of August. She will stay on until the end of September.

Her successor must have a background in the civil legal profession, and “know how to run a human services agency and how to write grants,” she said. Hurst said she writes about 30 grants a year.

Hurst plans to marry Carl Page, whom she met 3 1/2 years ago while on vacation with her brother in Alaska.

“We met on a ferry under the aurora borealis,” she said.

Page was a Merchant Marine for many years, and moved to Glenwood Springs to be close to Hurst. He now works as a nurse at Glen Valley Care Center.

After the wedding, somewhere close by in the mountains, the couple plans to live in the Northwest.

“I want to live someplace smaller than Glenwood Springs. It’s too big.

“My family moved here in 1961 or 1962. Back then there were no stop lights. We used to ride bikes from the top of Eighth to the courthouse and cross Grand Avenue without looking for cars,” Hurst said.

The latest stop light at 10th and Grand “is too much,” she added.

Asked what she plans to do once they’ve settled in some place, she said she’d consider getting into legal service work again. But then, something simpler might fit the bill.

“The old Wal-Mart greeter position sounds pretty good,” Hurst said. “I would like to take a couple of months off.”

Although she’s glad to move on to something new and most importantly start a new life with Page, Hurst said she’ll miss many of the people she’s worked with.

“I have worked with some truly fine people over the years. I will miss them,” she said.

Particularly she’ll miss “the attorneys who are truly called to justice. They are the greatest resource the program has.”


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