Kris as Commissioner

I took office January 10, 2016. Since then the days have flown by. I’ve learned so much – and have a better understanding of the role of commissioner and the hard work it takes by commissioners – and more importantly by our incredible staff to keep a county running smoothly.

I’d like to highlight a few things that have happened since taking office.

Divvying up Commissioner Boards and Appointments:

Something some folks don’t know is how many organizations and Boards throughout the county, region and state request or require county comissioner input or attendance. At the first of each year the commissioners review these appointments and occasionally make changes.

In 2020, I’m on the following Boards and Committees:

San Miguel Basin Fair Board – I love being part of this group with Janet Kask as our staff liaison. These hard working, creative folks have gone through a lot to keep the Fair happening and keep the 4-H program thriving.

Club 20 – Known as ‘The Voice of the Western Slope” Club 20 brings Commissioners, elected officials, business owners and citizens together to discuss regional issues and bring those issues to the Colorado legislature. A more conservative organization, I have learned a great deal from every meeting and discussion, understanding diverse viewpoints as never before.

SMART – San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation. Vice-Chair. Along with Lance Waring and representatives from Telluride, Mountain Village and Rico this Board oversees the budget and operations of our regional transportation entity.

TRAA – Telluride Regional Airport Authority. This Board oversees the Telluride Regional Airport operations and issues and includes representation from Telluride, Mountain Village, the County.

GVTPR – Gunnison Valley Transportation Planning Region. This group includes elected officials from Colo. Dept of Transportation, Regions 3 and 5, to work on transportation planning for the region, including highway and road maintenance, repairs and upgrades.

The Telluride Foundation is a local non-profit that has several important regional initiatives and distributes funds to local non-profits on a yearly granting cycle.

Other organizations:

Recycle Colorado

Colorado Food Policy Network

Colorado Food Systems Response Group