Snowmass water to fill board vacancy in December |

Snowmass water to fill board vacancy in December

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun

The Snowmass Water and Sanitation District board will interview three candidates for a vacant board seat next week, with a goal of appointing a new member at its Dec. 9 meeting.

The seat was vacated in October by David Dawson, who resigned in protest following the board’s decision to reinstate fluoridation of its public water system. Dawson’s term was to have ended in May, so the new member will only serve until then unless he or she runs for election at that time.

District residents Ken Johnson, Shawn Gleason and Jack Hatfield have expressed interest in the position. Johnson and Gleason were at the board’s meeting Wednesday to state their reasons for running — Johnson because of his interest in the district’s upcoming projects and his past experience in constructing wastewater plants; Gleason because he took an interest in the district’s work during a Snowmass Rotary meeting earlier this year and thought he could lend his financial expertise to the board.

Hatfield, a former county commissioner, town councilman and water board member — who also helped negotiate the deal that led to the district’s use of Ziegler Reservoir, noted Board President Joe Farrell — did not submit a formal letter of interest to the board and did not appear Wednesday.

But if he’s still interested, Hatfield will have an interview with Farrell and board member Willard Humphrey on Nov. 24, as will Johnson and Gleason. Farrell and Humphrey will then report back to the full board at its regular meeting Dec. 9 — within the 60-day window designated by state law for a special district board to fill a vacancy.

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