Column: Help fill Jeffco committee, board vacancies

Greg Romberg
Posted 7/12/22

Abraham Lincoln finished his most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address, with perhaps its most famous line, “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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Column: Help fill Jeffco committee, board vacancies

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Abraham Lincoln finished his most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address, with perhaps its most famous line, “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Almost 160 years later there are still many ways for Americans to help ensure that promise can continue.

Government of, by and for the people means that people must participate to provide governmental service to oversee many of the things that government does with, for and to us. One of the best ways to participate at all levels of governments is through service on boards and commissions.

Over the years, I have been honored to serve on a variety of boards and commissions at the municipal, county, regional and state levels. In every instance, I am proud of providing service to others with membership on those organizations and can point to specific things I’ve done that I believe have made things better for people who live, work, and do business across our state.

The process to apply to serve on boards and commissions in Jefferson County is now open. Appointments will be made to a variety of different boards that involve many different county activities including development and land use, county financial issues, human services, community corrections, health, historic preservation, workforce, open space, arts and culture, housing, liquor licenses and the airport.

For boards and commissions to effectively serve Jefferson County and its taxpayers, it is imperative that the people who serve on them reflect the broad array of people who live in our County. These various boards should have members who reflect the diversity of the county in many areas including geography, gender, race, sexual orientation and age.

We all bring our personal experiences and beliefs to the things in which we participate. Boards and commissions composed of people with varying experiences and beliefs help to ensure that as policies and decisions are made and implemented on behalf of the county and its constituents that the many voices of our county are heard and considered.

Information about vacancies on Jefferson County Boards and Commissions, how to apply and application forms can be found on the County’s website at https://www.jeffco.us/2123/Vacancies. People who live in Jefferson County are eligible to serve on these important bodies.  

To ensure that our government of the people, by the people and for the people does not perish, we all must do our part. Please consider applying to serve on a Jefferson County board or commission.

Greg Romberg had a long career in state and local government and in government relations. He represented corporate, government and trade association clients before federal, state and local governments. He lives in Evergreen with his wife, Laurie.

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