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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – City of Aspen senior environmental health specialist C.J. Oliver has been promoted to director of the Environmental Health Department.

Oliver won the job based on his experience, leadership and vision, according to a statement the city issued Wednesday. He was chosen from a pool of 37 applicants.

“We welcome him into this new role,” said David Hornbacher, the city’s director of utilities and environmental initiatives. “C.J. has been an integral team member of the Environmental Health Department, and we believe he will provide quality leadership as the department moves forward. Additionally, he has knowledgeable, skilled and agile team members to work with in the department.”

Oliver takes over for Lee Cassin, who retired last month after 33 years with the department. Oliver has worked for the city for a decade and said he is excited about the opportunity to advance the city’s public health agenda.

“We have been exceptional at being innovative and cutting edge with the way we approach emerging and other environmental health issues,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to set an example and be the community other cities look to model. We have such innovative programs such as our reusable-bag program, recycling and composting programs.”

The Environmental Health Department is charged with policy development and implementation for environmental and public health issues such as food safety, disease prevention, air and water quality, land use and sustainability.

ASPEN – Spring Board is seeking new board members to work toward the group’s goal of increasing young people’s involvement in the Roaring Fork community.

Membership is open to people ages 21 to 35 who reside between Aspen and Glenwood Springs.

The Aspen-based Spring Board is responsible for supporting Roaring Fork Valley nonprofit organizations through the Spring Board Advised Fund of the Aspen Community Foundation.

Board members serve a two-year term that begins in April. Those interested in interviewing for a seat should email a biographical sketch and/or a resume, a letter of interest and two letters of recommendations (limit each item to one page) to The deadline for applications for March interviews is March 1. Interviews will be conducted March 19 and 20. Applications received after that time will be considered for any board openings after April.

Go to for more information about the organization.


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