Eagle County commissioner hopefuls to get their say in El Jebel forum
The eight candidates who applied to fill an open position on the board of Eagle County commissioners will be interviewed by a selection committee in El Jebel Wednesday.
The candidates will be interviewed at 5:30 p.m. in the Eagle County office building next to Crown Mountain Park. The meeting is open to the public, but no questions will be taken from the audience.
A vacancy on the three-member Board of County Commissioners was created this month when Jill Ryan resigned to accept appointment to the new administration by Gov. Jared Polis. Ryan was appointed as executive director of public health and environment.
She vacated the District One seat, which doesn’t include the Roaring Fork Valley slice of Eagle County. Eagle County commissioners represent a specific district, and they must live in the district they represent. However, voting for the positions is at-large. This appointment will be until November 2020.
The selection is expected to follow a second candidate forum that takes place Feb. 5 in Edwards. Ryan’s appointment took effect Jan. 27. The vacancy committee has 10 days to name a replacement.
The eight applicants for the county commissioner seat are Albert Ewing, Meg Gilman, Dylan Heaney, Elyse Howard, Kim Langmaid, Meighen Lovelace, Claire Noble and Matt Scherr.
The vacancy committee comprises precinct committee people as well as the officers and executive committee members of the Eagle County Democratic Party, and state and federal elected officials residing in Eagle County. It totals 50 members.
There are currently only three precinct committee individuals in the Roaring Fork Valley portion of the county who are eligible to serve on the vacancy committee. They are Donna Grauer, Cathy Click Moffroid and Catherine O’Connell.
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Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon may be closed intermittently Wednesday through the weekend, as highway crews break down and remove boulders and patch potholes caused by Tuesday’s rock slide.