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January 8, 2013
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Cost Saving Amendment to Sheriff's Complex Phase I Project
Another Step in Runway Safety Area Project
Elected Officials Take Office
Griffin is Sworn in for the Fifth Time
Meet Your Newest Commissioner
Board Selects Chairman and Chair Pro Tem
Rosier Continues Chairman Position on Board

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Board Appointments

The BCC appointed District Attorney Peter Weir to represent the First Judicial District, District Attorney's Office on the Jefferson County Corrections Board. He replaces former District Attorney Scott Storey.


This board is responsible for providing coordination among courts and other criminal justice agencies, community services, business, labor, education, local government and other appropriate agencies in establishing and furthering the goals of local community corrections.

Cost Saving Amendment to Sheriff's Complex Phase I Project 
Jeffco Sheriff's Complex
In an effort to identify more ways to cut costs for the expansion of the Sheriff's Office Detention Center, the BCC approved an amendment to the preconstruction contract with Haselden Construction, LLC for $35,000. The total revised contract is $128,000.


The county entered into a contract with Haselden on Jan. 10, 2012 for preconstruction services for the detention center expansion project. The approved amendment increases value engineering, construction reviews, assistance in development of alternative approaches and/or materials to proposed systems, and assistance with developing a lifecycle cost analysis specifically in regards to mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems by utilizing subcontractors for this work.  


The potential savings from identifying value engineering alternatives decrease as plans are completed and construction begins. Getting this input earlier allows the systems to be modified prior to completing plans to maximize cost savings. The subcontractors have already identified potential savings that exceed the amount the contract amendment.


The BCC appropriated $34,800,000 for the detention expansion project. It is being funded from the 2009 Certificates of Participation issuance.


Another Step in Runway Safety Area Project  



The BCC approved an expenditure of $1,746,092 to Jviation Consultants, Inc. for design engineering and construction management services for the Runway Safety Area construction and Taxiway "A" Run-Up Area at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.


This is the final phase of the project. It includes the extension of the Runway Safety Area from 600 to 1,000 feet by installing a Reinforced Soil Slope (RSS). The current Runway 11L Safety Area does not meet the criteria outlined for airports certified under Federal Aviation Regulations.


Funding for the project is in the 2013 budget. Ninety percent will be reimbursed from a Federal Aviation Grant that the county will receive in April. The Colorado Department of Transportation will cover five percent and the county will fund the remaining five percent of the project.

Elected Officials Take Office

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, several Jefferson County elected officials were sworn into office. The ceremony took place in Hearing Room One at the Jefferson County Administration and Courts Facility.


Board of County Commissioners (BCC) Chairman Donald Rosier emceed the event and it started off with the presentation of colors by the Jefferson County  Sheriff's Office Honor Guard. Commissioner Rosier handed the microphone off to 1st Judicial District Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger, who would swear in each of the recently elected and reelected officials.


Judge Munsinger began with reading the oaths and swearing in district court judges Christopher Munch and Christie Bachmeyer Phillips. He then swore in county court judges Bradley Allen Burback, Verna L. Carpenter, and Tammy Greene. Judge K.J. Moore was not able to attend but was sworn in later.


Following the judges, Commissioner Faye Griffin read her oath of office and was sworn in. Griffin was reelected in November 2012 to serve her second four-year term as a Jefferson County Commissioner for District 1. 


Next up was Commissioner Casey Tighe. He was elected in November 2012 to to serve a four-year term as a Jefferson County Commissioner for District 2. 


After the commissioners, District Attorney Peter A. Weir was sworn in by Judge Munsinger. Along with Weir, his staff was sworn into office including Assistant District Attorney Michael Dougherty, Senior Chief Deputy District Attorneys Eva Wilson and Charles Tingle, Chief Deputy District Attorneys Dana Easter, Thomas Jackson, Steven Jensen, Ann Joyce, Donna Reed, Hal Sargent and Robert Weiner, all the deputy district attorneys, and all of the criminal investigators.

Griffin is Sworn in for the Fifth Time


At the Jan. 8 swearing-in ceremony, Commissioner Faye Griffin was sworn in for the fifth time as a Jefferson County elected official. She was reelected in November 2012 to serve a four-year term as a county commissioner for District 1. 


Her recent election caps a more than 38-year career with Jefferson County. She first joined the county staff under Clerk and Recorder Norm Allen. She worked in the Clerk's Office for 24 years, working up to chief deputy under Joan Fitz-Gerald.


Faye was elected Clerk and Recorder in 1998 and was reelected to a second four-year term in 2002. After coordinating numerous successful primary and general elections and modernizing and computerizing the Clerk and Recorder's office, she ran for the post of County Treasurer in 2006. She served two years of a four-year term as Treasurer before her successful bid for the Board of Commissioners seat in November 2008 and was sworn in on January 13, 2009.


She currently is serving as the chair pro tem for the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners and the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Authority Board. In 2011 she served as the chair of the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners and the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Authority Board and also served as chairman pro tem of both boards in 2009 and 2010.


Faye is a Jeffco native who graduated from Golden High School. She and her husband, Walt, have three children, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Walt also was a county employee, who retired after a long career in the Facilities Division. They live outside Golden in unincorporated Jefferson County. 


"During the time I have been an elected official, it has been the family, friends and you, the citizens of Jefferson County, who have entrusted me that has made it meaningful and a wonderful experience," said Faye. "I will continue to serve you and hold the office of a county commissioner to its highest regard."

Judge Munsinger with Commissioner Faye Griffin and her family



Meet Your Newest Commissioner

Casey Tighe is Jefferson County's newest commissioner, elected in 2012 and sworn-in on January 8, 2013. An auditor and attorney, he was audit director for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) where he worked for 24 years. After retiring from CDOT, he was an office manager for Bayer and Carey PC.


Prior to becoming a County Commissioners, Tighe chaired the Jeffco Audit Committee for four years.  He currently serves on the board of Uplift Internationale, which provides surgical care to indigent children with facial deformities. 


A University of Colorado graduate, Tighe earned a law degree from Creighton University. He lives in Applewood with his wife, Laura, and two sons.


"Jefferson County is such a great place to live, work and play. I am looking forward to working with all the county employees and citizens to continue making Jefferson County the best place in Colorado," said Tighe.

Judge Munsinger with Commissioner Tighe and his family

Board Selects Chairman and Chair Pro Tem

Af the swearing in ceremony the BCC held its first public meeting and elected Commissioner Donald Rosier to serve as the chairman for 2013. He also served as the chairman for 2012. The board chairman serves as the presiding officer of the BCC and along with other duties, is responsible for conducting the BCC hearings and meetings.

The BCC elected Commissioner Faye Griffin to serve as chair pro tem for 2013. The chairman pro tem makes the majority of motions during the public hearings and in the event the chairman is not present, presides as the acting board chairman.


The commissioners also made appointments to represent the county on the following boards and commissions:


Chair Pro Tem Faye Griffin - District 1

  • Child and Youth Leadership Commission
  • Jefferson County Head Start Policy Council
  • Noxious Weed Advisory Board
  • Rocky Flats Stewardship Council
  • Urban Drainage and Flood Control District Board
  • Boundary Control Commission - second alternate    
  • Jefferson Economic Development Corporation - alternate
  • Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority - alternate


Commissioner Casey Tighe - District 2

  • Community Corrections Board
  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee 
  • E-911 Board
  • Noxious Weed Advisory Board
  • CleanLaunch Board of Directors 
  • West Corridor Contingency Committee
  • Jefferson Center for Mental Health Board
  • C-470 Corridor Coalition
  • Colorado Counties, Inc. Legislative Committee - alternate
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) - alternate
  • Jefferson County Head Start Policy Council - alternate
  • Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation - alternate
  • Boundary Control Commission - first alternate  


Chairman Donald Rosier - District 3

  • Boundary Control Commission
  • Colorado Counties, Inc. Legislative Committee
  • C-470 Corridor Coalition  
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
  • Jefferson Economic Development Corporation
  • Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority Board
  • Noxious Weed Advisory Board
  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee - alternate
  • CleanLaunch Board of Directors - alternate 

Rosier Continues Chairman Position on BoardDonald_Rosier 

Commissioner Donald Rosier has been re-elected by his fellow commissioners as the chairman of  the Board of County Commissioners and also chairman of  the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Authority Board. He was elected as Jefferson County Commissioner for District 3 in November 2010.


Rosier is the 2013 chair of the Metro Area County Commissioners (MACC) group of Colorado Counties, Inc. (CC), as well as president of the CCI Front Range District. In 2011, he was named CCI's Freshman Commissioner of the Year. CCI represents boards of county commissioners from more than 60 Colorado counties.


Rosier also serves on the National Association of Counties (NACo) Community and Economic Development Committee, which develops NACo policies and represents counties before Congress. In 2012 he was chosen to participate in a national leadership institute developed by NACo and the Cambridge Leadership Associates. 


He is a third generation Coloradoan who has lived in Jefferson County his entire life. A graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in water resources, he has worked in the consulting engineering field, the public engineering sector, the land development and construction field and the energy development and exploration field.


Prior to his election as county commissioner, Rosier was vice president of Operations at Summit Oil Field Services and a principal with Westside Investment Partners.


He and his wife, GeriAnn, live in south Jefferson County and have a daughter and two sons.


"The county has such great employees, citizens and elected officials and I look forward to chairing the board again this year," said Rosier. "We have done a lot but have so much more work ahead of us such as C-470 improvements, the Jeffco Parkway, Section 16 and so much more."


View BCC Meetings Online!   

Did you know Jefferson County records each County Commissioners Hearing for rebroadcast on its website? You can also find recordings of other county meetings, videos of events and Jeffco's video program, Jefferson County Insights.  To learn more, visit the Jeffco Media-on-Demand site.