|Commissioner Casey Tighe
Jefferson County, District 2
I've just completed my first year on the Jeffco Board of Commissioners, and am excited to be entering my second year. Learn more about the work of the Board of Commissioners here.
I ran for Jeffco commissioner to assure efficient, accountable government that's responsive to citizen concerns. I have over twenty years of experience working from the inside out to make governmental entities more effective. As a longtime resident of Jefferson County, I am dedicated to preserving our great quality of life while building economic vitality.
Please feel free to contact me with your ideas and concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-271-8525.
December 3, 2014
The busy holiday season has already started. I hope everyone has safe travels if they are going to see family or friends. The weather changed quickly from a summer-like fall to the dead of winter. But these quick changes keep Colorado interesting.
Election. The election season just finished and the results of the election mean there will be a change in the Board of County Commissioners. Both of my fellow board members won their races, and I want to congratulate both on their wins. Don Rosier was reelected as Commissioner, and Faye Griffin won another term as the County’s Clerk and Recorder. Although, I sometimes have policy disagreements with both Don and Faye, I have a tremendous amount of respect for their hard work and dedication. I know they have the best interest of Jefferson County in mind as they go to work each day.
Faye’s win means she will be moving out of the Commission office and over to the Clerk’s office. Since Faye is a Republican, the Jefferson County Republican Party’s five-member vacancy committee will choose a new Commissioner to finish the last two years of her term. I wish the vacancy committee luck, and I hope they make a good selection. I know there are a lot of qualified people in the County but Faye will leave big shoes to fill.
Update on Southwest Plaza. This summer there was discussion concerning the Town of Bow Mar annexing South-West Plaza, as well as parts of Bowles Avenue. For the time being, those discussions are on hold. However, some of the underlying issues that prompted those discussions still exist. South-West Plaza has been an important center for south Jefferson County for decades and the long term health of the mall is important to Jefferson County. The mall owners were interested in talking to the Town of Bow Mar to see if they could work with the town on finding ways to finance long term upkeep of the mall. I had concerns with the initial proposal, and I want to be sure we protect the interests of the neighbors living around the mall. It is important that the neighbors have a voice in the future of their neighborhood.
However, I don’t want that future to be a run-down, largely vacant mall. The owners of the mall are putting money into renovations that are currently taking place at Southwest Plaza. They seem very committed to the success of the mall, but they are looking to also ensure its long term viability. Under current laws, cities have more incentive tools than counties have to help businesses that invest in their community. There may be some legislation considered this session to give counties more tools to promote business development in unincorporated areas. Regardless of any legislation, we need to be creative and supportive in working together to keep the area vibrant, while protecting the neighborhood.
2015 Budget. The Board of County Commissioners continues to work on the 2015 Budget. The overall budget outlook for the County is better than last year, but challenges remain. Attrition has been a growing problem for the county. It is no secret that Jefferson County has some of the best employees in the nation, and it hurts to lose good employees to other jurisdictions. We are considering a modest 2% merit based pay increase for 2015. The Board is also considering budgeting an additional $1.5 million to go to specific job classifications where employee retention or pay inequity is of particular concern. Recruiting and retaining top employees is challenging and expensive. We want to make Jefferson County a place where the best employees want to stay and make a career.
Noise at Red Rocks. You may have read in the paper that citizens from the Town of Morrison and areas of unincorporated Jefferson County are concerned about the loud sound coming from the Red Rocks amphitheater. I have been working with the City and County of Denver and the Town of Morrison to try to resolve the problem. Everyone agrees that Red Rocks is a great venue for concerts, but the neighbors are concerned that for the last few years the sound volume emanating from the amphitheater has increased substantially. The neighbors tell me this is a recent problem and they never had complaints in the past. I think new audio technology must be creating this problem that I am told is so bad that the sound actually shakes the walls in some of the homes around Red Rocks.
I hope we can work with the City and County of Denver, the Town of Morrison and the neighbors to find a solution to this problem. We want the sound to be robust in the venue but not be unreasonably loud for the neighbors. It may take a little work to get the right mix, but I hope we can reach a solution that works.
New Judge. I am excited to tell everyone that my wife, Laura, was recently appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to be the newest Judge in the 1st Judicial District. Laura has been a trial lawyer practicing with the law firm of Bayer and Carey, P.C. in Denver for almost 20 years. She is very excited with this opportunity and I am sure she will do a great job.
I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.