Samson sworn in as Garfield County commissioner |

Samson sworn in as Garfield County commissioner

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Mike Samson was sworn in to his first term as Garfield County commissioner representing District 3 Tuesday morning at the Garfield County Board of Commissioners meeting room in Glenwood Springs.

Samson said he was happy that the day had finally arrived for him to take his seat on the board.

“I feel good,” Samson said minutes before he took the oath of office. “I feel like there is a lot of work to be done, and I’m excited to be able to do that work.”

Samson first announced his candidacy for office back in late November of 2007. Now he’s ready to move into the seat.

Samson said that he is looking forward to uniting the communities within Garfield County. And while there is a lot of work to be done, Samson plans to hit the ground running.

“It’s been an easy transition, but I know there is a lot of work to be done,” Samson said. “It’s one of those things that the more you learn, you realize there is so much more to learn.”

Samson was elected into office in November over a fellow Rifle resident and friend, Democratic candidate Steve Carter.

Samson will be replacing Rifle Republican Larry McCown, who did not run for re-election after serving 12 years on the board.

Also sworn into office was current commission chair John Martin and 9th Judicial District Attorney Martin Beeson to his second term as DA.

Martin was elected to his fourth term in November when he defeated Democrat Stephen Bershenyi.

Absent from the day’s events was fellow County Commissioner Tresi Houpt, who was attending a Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission meeting in Denver.

Samson, who was the former Rifle High School dean of students, has resigned that position. According to Rifle High Principal Todd Ellis they have offered the position to someone but are awaiting a response.

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