The Pitkin Board of County Commissioners gave its recommendation regarding which applicant it favored to fill the open position on the Open Space and Trails Board for District 1 during a work session on Tuesday.
The board gave the nod to Graeme Means, a Pitkin County resident who served on the same board for one term that ended in 2000. The other candidate was David Harris, who recently moved from Garfield to Pitkin County. Harris brought a strong background in title insurance.
Means will take the position that was held by Anne Rickenbaugh, who recently resigned from the board.
The commissioners agreed that either Means or Harris would be a strong addition to the Open Space Board.
“It seemed like Graeme (Means) understood some of the issues a step further,” said Commissioner George Newman. “We were lucky to have two really qualified applicants.”
Commissioner Michael Owsley thought the position should be advertised another month and didn’t think two candidates were a fair reflection of the community, but also acknowledged both Means and Harris were good candidates.
All applicants had to be residents of District 1 to apply. There were originally three applicants for the opening, but the third had to withdraw his name after moving out of the district.
“For the record, I would have been happy with either candidate,” said Open Space director Dale Will.
Means officially will be named to the Open Space board at a future Board of County Commissioners regular meeting.