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Letter: Ittner has the qualifications for commissioner

Ittner has the qualifications for commissioner

Having reviewed the current needs of the county and having considered my list of the essential characteristics and qualifications of the candidates for the position for District 1 on the five-member board (listed below), I support Rob Ittner for the position of Pitkin County Commissioner.

The responsibilities and obligations of a county commissioner in Pitkin County are complex, demanding, multifaceted and challenging. The job descriptions for county commissioner (check them out on the Web) are quite intimidating! We are fortunate in Pitkin County to have competent, informed, diverse, well-educated, committed and interested commissioners. The new commissioner will join George Newman, Steve Child, Michael Owsley and Rachel Richards.

I believe that a commissioner who is truly committed to the task of directing Pitkin County policies and operations will exhibit the following characteristics:

• Understands that a commissioner represents all members of the community (Pitkin County Home Rule Charter does not require designation by political party, as some counties do).

• Listens respectfully to opposing points of view.

• Attends workshops, meetings, retreats and work sessions where honest interaction among all commissioners is key to discussions.

• Represents a segment of community that is currently under-represented on the Board of County Commissioners.

• Participates in a variety of community activities that support understanding of countywide needs and concerns.

• Knows and understands different interests and considerations from various areas of the county.

• Shows a willingness to meet with and listen to constituents.

• Has the ability to support decisions of board as a whole, when supported by policies adopted by the board.

• Exhibits positive characteristics of integrity, honesty and consistency in decision making.

• Supports protection of desired life styles, appropriate development, preservation and appropriate use of our water and our natural environment.

• Exhibits leadership and organizational skills.

• Understands complexities of local government finance and law.

• Understands transition from private to public sector needs and regulation.

Please make sure your voice is heard and cast your vote.

Dorothea Farris


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