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Commissioners’ service reaches beyond County boundaries

Annual appointments to local, state and national Boards and Commissions brings the Douglas County citizen-informed perspective to the larger table.

Commissioner District II Roger Partridge, Commissioner, Commissioner District III Lora Thomas, and Commissioner District 1 Abe Laydon
Did you know that in addition to governing Douglas County as Commissioners on their own Board, your County Commissioners also represent you on more than 30 additional Boards and Commissions at the local, regional, state and national levels?

 “Our Board’s governance of Douglas County is informed by the laws and regulations that we took an oath to uphold, by citizen and taxpayer input, as well as the desired outcomes stated in our Board’s Core Priorities for this County,” said County Commissioner and Board Chair Roger Partridge.

“From transportation to public safety; from natural resources such as water, land and wildlife, to public health; from human services to housing, and more, we are at the table and involved in local, regional and national public policy debates impacting you throughout the year,” said Commissioner Lora Thomas, Board Vice Chair.

“Through direct citizen engagement, results of our citizen surveys, and more, we are well aware of the priorities of Douglas County citizens and recognize the importance of our informed and unified voice when representing Douglas County,” said Commissioner Abe Laydon.

For example, Commissioner Thomas’ service on the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative, allows for her collaboration with community partner organizations who are working to address unmet mental health needs, connect people to mental health services and prevent those in need from falling through the cracks of the mental health system.

Thomas also serves on the Board of the Unified Metropolitan Forensic Crime Lab and the Colorado Works Allocation Committee, the state’s  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, through which participants receive help becoming self-sufficient by strengthening their family’s economic and social stability.

Through the appointment of Commissioner Abe Laydon to the National Association of Counties Transportation Policy Steering Committee, he participates in discussions pertaining to federal transportation legislation, funding and regulation, and specific impacts on county governments.

Commissioner Laydon is also on the Douglas County Youth Initiative Advisory Committee, the governing board of the Douglas County Youth Initiative, a collaborative undertaking of the Partnership of Douglas County Governments that, among other priorities, envisions a community in which youth are involved, valued, productive, protected and healthy.

Commissioner Partridge serves on the Board of Colorado Counties, Inc., the Board of Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and will once again this year serve on the National Association of Counties (NACo) Public Lands Steering Committee.

As the Pike National Forest represents nearly one-third of Douglas County, Partridge is at the table for national policy discussions regarding the management of public lands consistent with local land use plans, as well as other policies that may impact Counties that are adjacent to public land.

Additionally, for 2020, all Commissioners share in the Board’s responsibility for the County’s role with the Denver Regional Council of Governments; the Partnership of Douglas County Governments; Colorado Counties, Inc.; the Denver South Economic Development Partnership; and the Metro Area County Commissioners.

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