|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 email@example.com or 303-271-8525.
February 8, 2014 - A Letter from the Taj
2014 has already been a challenging year on Jefferson County. I recently attended the funeral service for David Baldwin, a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy killed while patrolling Highway 93. The service was very moving and the outpouring of support from law enforcement throughout the region was inspiring. Sargent Baldwin was respected throughout the Sheriff’s office for his integrity and professionalism. I very much admired the grace and courage of his wife and son as they delivered moving eulogies of this wonderful husband and father. The service was a sad reminder that law enforcement officers have dangerous jobs, and we need to remember to thank them for making our community safer. Jefferson County is lucky to have great men and women working in the Sheriff’s Office. David Baldwin was one of the best and he will be missed.
Boards and Commissions. I have been amazed by the dedication and skills demonstrated by volunteers throughout Jefferson County. This year the County has 16 different boards that will have vacancies. Applications for these boards are due by February 14th. For a listing of opportunities, and application forms go to:
Jeffco 5. Several weeks ago I was the first person to sign the petition to allow the citizens of Jefferson County to vote on whether or not to expand the Board of County Commissioners from 3 to 5 Commissioners. The citizens organizing the petition effort want to see more representation on the Board. They recognize that adding two new commissioners will increase costs slightly, but they feel having more representation is worth it.
The Jeffco 5 group needs to gather well over 20,000 signatures in the next few months. This is a big job, but the energy of this group, and the support I have seen for their efforts, makes me think they can accomplish this task. I understand the motivation for wanting to get this question on the ballot. Jefferson County is a special place with complex challenges and unique opportunities. Jefferson County has over 500,000 residents, and a budget of over $400,000,000. The county has rural and urban areas, with a diverse landscape with mountains and plains.
Balancing promoting economic development and protecting the scenic mountain backdrop is just one example of the complex challenges facing Jefferson County. It will be good to hear from the citizens and see if they want more representation as we deal with these complex issues. If you support allowing the voters to weigh in on this issue, sign a Jeffco 5 petition. For more information, visit www.jeffco5.com.
Planning for the future. With 2014 still in its early stages, the county has already started talking about 2015 and challenges going forward. Budget concerns are still with us this year and they will continue into 2015. The county government must be strategic in responding to the increases in demand for services and reductions in revenue. We have already had one planning meeting and there will be more. I believe the county could benefit from adopting some financial philosophies or principles to guide us during different economic challenges. I also believe we should reexamine how and why we deliver different services with an eye on finding new, better and cheaper ways to interact with the citizens of Jefferson County. I hope we will be able to engage elected officials, county employees and citizens as we move forward with this planning effort.
One Year Anniversary. In January, I completed my first year on the Board of County Commissioners. It was a very interesting and challenging first year. I found the other two commissioners and the county staff to be helpful and hardworking. We faced many different issues during the year, with the biggest challenges being the budget and the incredible floods from last fall. l feel the county government has been successful in delivering on its promise to provide quality services for residents and businesses to thrive.
People often ask me if the job of Commissioner is what I expected. In some ways it has been very much as I expected, but there have also been surprises. I have found some of the individual land use cases the board considers to be very challenging. Rezoning requests can be challenging because they are so personal and important to the individuals involved. These zoning cases can impact small businesses that people are building or expanding, they can also impact neighborhoods where people live and where their children go to school. We hear compelling testimony from both the landowner seeking the change and from neighbors impacted by the change. As a board we try to be fair and consistent in our decisions. Going forward I think it is important we develop a vision for different areas of the county, so people know what to expect with land use issues.
I am looking forward to my second year on the Board. We are working on many different issues and new issues will present themselves. Feel free to contact me with any comments or ideas. My email is Commish2@Jeffco.us.
Jefferson County Commissioner, District 2