The Board of County Commissioners appoints community members to a variety of Boards and Commissions that support the management and operations of the County.  These boards or commissions provide input to the County’s decision-making process in many areas of expertise and have a substantial impact on day to day life in the County.  Information regarding each of our boards and commissions can be found below.

Recruitment for these boards happens through out the year as vacancies occur.  If you are interested in applying please submit an application.

Board of Adjustment

Hears appeals related to zoning matters and considers variances from the County Land Use Code

Board of Review

Hears appeals related to building matters and advises on the adoption of new Building Codes

Gardner Main Street Board

Advises on issues and projects in the Community of Gardner

Huerfano County Building Authority

Sets standards for and hears complaints against contractors and oversees building matters

Huerfano County Tourism Board

Markets Huerfano County as a destination using funds received from lodging taxes

Noxious Weed Advisory Board

Develops a recommended management plan and criteria for noxious weeds

Planning Commission

Adopts the master plan for the Unincorporated Areas of the County and advises on zoning matters

Raymond Aguirre Community Center Advisory Board

Advises on improvements and management of the RACC

Spanish Peaks Airport Management Committee

Advises on maintence and improvements at the Spanish Peaks Airport

Districts and Outside Organizations

The Board of County Commissioners appoints residents to a number of Boards for independent districts and organizations that provide services in or to Huerfano County.  In some cases the Commissioners appoint the entire board and in others only a limited number of members. 

The Southern Colorado RETAC Advisory Board is made up of a group of county commissioner-appointed individuals who volunteer their time to support the EMS and Trauma System. Each of the individuals deserves recognition in their ongoing dedication and commitment in improving EMS and Trauma Care for the sick and injured citizens within the Southern Colorado RETAC regions.  Huerfano County appointees are:

  • Nick Brown
  • Jim Fimlee
  • Melissa Daniels
  • Bobbie Jo Trujillo
  • Eddie Ray
  • Mark Brunner

Learn more about Southern Colorado RETAC

The La Veta Cemetery District is a three person board that manages the La Veta Cemetery.  Current members of the LVCD Board of Directors are:

  • Wayne Smith
  • Ron Orivaz
  • William Duzenack Jr.

The Spanish Peaks Library District provides library services to residents within the Huerfano RE-1 School District.  The Board of County Commissioners appoints the entire Library District Board of Trustees on the recommendation of the current Board.   Current members of the SPLD Board of Trustees are:

  • Lisa Wagner
  • Vicki Burnhouse
  • Jan Tucker
  • Albert Galvan
  • Evondia Woessner
  • Helen Nuce
  • Norine Copeland

Learn more about the Spanish Peaks Library District

The Federal Mineral Lease District works to alleviate social, economic, and public finance impacts from development of natural resources on federal lands within this county. The District will distribute monies it receives from federal mineral leasing activities to subdivisions of the State of Colorado which represent communities impacted by the development of natural resources for use in (1) planning, (2) construction and maintenance of public facilities, and (3) provision of public services.  The Board of County Commissioners appoints the entire District Board.  Current FMLD Board members are:

  • Gerald Cisneros – Term Ends December 31, 2022
  • Joe Eddes – Term Ends December 31, 2022
  • David Rogers – Term Ends December 31, 2023

Learn more about the Huerfano County Federal Mineral Lease District

The Southern Colorado Economic Development District is a non-profit organization whose membership is the thirteen counties of Southeastern Colorado. Founded in 1967, their primary focus is to provide economic development planning and technical assistance to our thirteen member counties.  Huerfano County appoints 2 members to the SCEDD Board.  The current Huerfano County representatives are:

  • Mary Jo Tesitor – Term Ends December 31, 2022
  • Carlton Croft – Term Ends December 31, 2022

Learn more about the Southern Colorado Economic Development District

The Las Animas and Huerfano Counties Board of Health members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to make policies and decisions that will help promote health and prevent disease in the county. The board encourages public input into its decision-making process and welcomes community participation at its regular hearings.  Huerfano County appoints two members of the Board and Las Animas County appoints three.  The current Huerfano County members are:

  • Lourae King – Term Ends December 31, 2024
  • Vonnie Valdez – Term Ends December 31, 2022

Learn more about the Huerfano Las Animas Counties District Health Department

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