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David W. Kisker 6681 Apache Road Johnstown, CO 80534 4 February 2020 Weld County Council 1150 O Street Greeley, CO 80631 Members of the Weld County Council: After much consideration and thought, | have decided to apply for the Weld County Commissioner At Large position recently vacated by Commissioner Sean Conway. My application materials are included with this letter. Although | am nota politician in any sense, | believe that my candidacy provides you with a very viable choice to fill this role. Because | have no aspirations for political office, you would be filling the position with a competent and knowledgeable person without providing an electoral advantage to any candidate. | have both the time and inclination to fill this public service role and look forward to the possibility of doing so. And, while | have never held elective office, | have held roles and responsibilities in the private sector that will add a new perspective to Weld County issues in many circumstances. In addition to the formal application, in this package you will find my resume and a brief statement of my thoughts and perspective on the role itself. In addition, there are a few examples of my writing on key issues which have served to help educate and inform the people of Weld County about important events and activities in Weld County. Thank you for your kind consideration. Regards, David W. Kisker Enclosures (8) GS BRISKET Weld County Council BOCC Vacancy Application Commissioner Application ‘Applicant Information Full Name: Kiser Davie w Date:_4 February 2020 Last Fist MT ‘Address: 6681 Apache Road ‘Street Aadress - ‘Aparimendunt Johnstown - co 80534 ony ‘Stat ZIP Code Phone 720.978.674 Email_dave.kiskor@gmail.com Date Available: 2/19/2020 Date of Bith:_11 June 1951 Salary: See Bolow Position Applied for: Weld County Commissioner at Large sroywacmencinevmeaciinr 2S tmaeyountisindiomainteuss S'S I yes, please explain: YES NO (Applicants subject to Weld County Sheriff background check Have you ever been convicted of afelony? for felony convictions) Commissioners salary shall be the 2020 prorated salary for this position ‘Attach additional qualifications if needed ‘SEE ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON ATTACHED RESUME High School: Central High Schoo! Address: St. Joseph, Missouri YES NO From 1966, To: 1969. Didyou graduate? PX —[)_Diploma: High Schoo! College:_ Rice University Address: Houston, Texas. Yes NO From _4871___To:_4974_Didyou graduate? J) (]_—_Degree:. BA, Chemistry Other: _Stanford University Address: Stanford, California YES NO From: 1877 To_1981 Did you graduate? YJ ©] Degree: Ph.D, Materials Science and Ena PES Attach additional sheet if needed Please list Experience Signature of Applicant: fate:_4 February 2020 Signature: Fall Nam Relationship _ Company: Phon: Address: Full Name Relationship: ‘Company: Phone. Address: EME mea ‘SEE ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON ATTACHED RESUME Company: _AT@T Bell Labs Phone: NiA (No longer exists) ‘Address: Holmdel, NJ ‘Supervisor: Various Job Title: Member of Technical Staff Starting Satary’$ 40,000 Ending Salary’$ $80,000 Responsibilities: Develop materials and devices for optical communications (See Resume) From: 1983, To: 1990, Reason for Leaving: Change Employer Yes No . May we contact your previous supervisor for areference? "TE 0” /oagor asenloble. Company: Phone! NA Addtess: Yorktown Heights, NY Supervisor. Various Job Title: Research staff member Starting Salary:$ $85,000 Ending Salary:$ 120,000 Responsibilties: Develop mat 1nd dovicos for electronic applications (see Resume) From: 1990 To:_1998, Reason for Leaving: Change Employer Yes No May we contact your previous supervisor forareference? O Bot they tray not-have Yeands Company; Cielo Communications Phone: M/A No longer in business ‘Address: Broomfield, CO Supervisor: Various Job Title: Various (see Resume) Starting Salary:$ 126,000 Ending Salary:$ 200,000 Responsibilities: Manage technology development activities (see Resume) From: 1998 To:20 Reason for Leaving: Company wont bankrupt ves No May we contact your previous supervisor forareference? —'T}_—E]_Mb longa euists Branch: NA From: To. Rank at Discharge NIA Type of Discharge: Ifother than honorable, explain: DiSclaimer and Signature | certity that my answers are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. If this application-teads to employment, | understand that false or misleading information in my application or interview may résijtin my release. ‘Signature: Date:__4 February 2020 L8 kKisker David W. Kisker, Ph.D. Address: 6681 Apache Road Phone: 720-979-6786 (cell) Johnstown, CO 80534 Email: dave kisker@gmail.com Current Employment: Retired Political Party Affiliation: Republican Major Accomplishments Important contributions to Weld County: ‘© Appointed by Weld County Board of County Commissioners to the Charter Review Committee of 2018 * Became educated and informed on most Weld County processes and procedures, especially related to land use, transportation, oil and gas, health, safety and welfare, and budget. Regularly attend meetings, meet with decision-makers, and speak out on important issues at meetings. ‘+ Served as a leader on the “No on 1A” campaign in 2017 to preserve the Weld County Council ‘+ Represented the Town of Milliken informally at meetings of the Freedom Parkway Coalition Career achievements: © Project management--managed and led teams of scientists, engineers, and technicians to accomplish industry-leading technology developments; managed multi-million dollar budgets. ‘* Business leadership—served as Vice President in a telecom startup; co-founded a biotech startup company. Co-founded three non-profit organizations for artistic and social purposes. ‘* Technical expertise—developed deep understanding of multiple technical fields, including chemistry and physics, and applied this knowledge to various research and business-related problems. Co-inventor on three U.S. Patents. Author of over 80 scientific papers over a broad range of research topics. Designated as a Fellow of the American Physical Society for seminal research on the fundamental physics of semiconductor crystal growth processes ‘+ Community service-mentored CSU students and supported their success in Senior Design competitions. Employment History ‘Twin Peaks Partners, LLC (Partner, 2006-Present). Consultant in various technical areas, including optical communications technology, business development, financial management. Eoptra, LLC (Co-founder, 2008-2014) As a leader of this biotech start-up, developed methods for early detection of tumor cells in the human bloodstream. Wrote proposals seeking funding from Federal government agencies in collaboration with Colorado State University professors. Colorado State University (Faculty Affiliate, 2008-2014). Mentored Senior Electrical Engineering and Computer Science students on their Senior Design Project in preparation for end of the year competition, E- days, Our team won the top prize in the School of Arts and Sciences 5 of 6 years, and also won in the Schoo! of Engineering in 2013. Optical Communications Products (Director, Technology Development, 2002-2005). Managed the Colorado operations for this California telecommunications component company. Led team that developed state-of- the-art laser devices for telecommunications. Gielo Communica Vice President, Technology Development (2001-2002). Managed a team of engineers and technicians to design and manufacture devices for telecommunications. Served as Chair of the Cielo Patent Committee. Had fiduciary responsibility for Company operations, including participation in venture funding activities by explaining Cielo technology to potential venture capital investors, Director, Laser and Detector Device Development (1999-2001). Managed a team of engineers and technicians to design and develop state of the art devices for telecommunications. Served as Chair of the Cielo Patent Committee. Provided scientific expertise for venture funding rounds. Senior Engineer (1998-1999). Collaborated with other Cielo engineers. Negotiated Cooperative R&D ‘Agreement with Sandia National Labs IBM, T.J. Watson Research Center (Research Staff Member, 1990-1998). Conducted various research activities related to electronic and optical materials development of devices used in IBM products. AT&T Bell Laboratories (Member, Technical Staff, 1983-1990). Developed synthesis methods for compound semiconductor materials potentially useful for optical communications. Used highly hazardous gases and served as Chair, Bell Labs, Holmdel, Safety Committee. ‘Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany (Scientific Staff Member, 1981-1983), Conducted research on the optical properties of gallium arsenide, a material useful for optical and electronic. devices, Hewlett Packard Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA (Part-Time Staff Member, 1978-1983). Developed chemical methods for the production of optically active materials for use in optical communications. (This work dovetailed with my research program at Stanford during the same years.) Tektronix, Inc., Beaverton, OR (Process Engineer, 1974-1977). Developed processes for the fabrication of high performance semiconductor devices that were used in Tektronix products. Educational Background Institution Location Area of Study, Graduation Central High School St. Joseph, Missouri 1969 University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida Chemistry Major, (Transferred, 1971) Rice University Houston, Texas 1974, B.A. Chemistry Oregon Graduate Beaverton, Oregon 1977, MS. Applied Physics (Received while Center working at Tektronix.) Stanford University Stanford, California 1981, Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering We Kisker Candidate Statement David W. Kisker, Ph.D. As a citizen of Weld County, with no aspirations to hold elective office, | believe that | bring unique joner At Large position, including: ‘advantages to the Com Broad knowledge of Weld County issues and operations. | have acquired a breadth of knowledge over the last 5 years as a result of having regularly attended, observed, participated in and reported on numerous meetings of governmental on,anizations. These include Weld County BOCC meetings, Weld County Land Use Hearings, Weld County BOCC Work Sessions, meetings of the Highway 34 PEL Coalition, meetings of the Freedom Parkway Coalition, meetings of the Weld County Council, and meetings of the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization. Demonstrated ability to understand and contribute to deliberation on important and complex issues. ‘As a member of the Weld County Home Rule Charter Review Committee, | routinely raised issues for consideration, along with other members of the Committee. Our focus on transparency in government often stimulated discussion that led to improvements in the Home Rule Charter. No political or elected office agenda. | do not have any intention to seek elective office in Weld County. While | expect that my interest and support of important aspects of Weld County government, including land use, transportation, oil and gas, health, safety and welfare will continue, | believe that in the long term, | will be able to continue to play this role outside of government. Not having a political agenda will enable me to focus on the duties of Commissioner. Readiness for the Commissioner role. In addition to being prepared to “hit the ground running” by virtue of my broad involvement as a citizen, | also offer unique skills from my private sector experience. | have assembled and worked with disparate teams across organizational boundaries to accomplish difficult tasks with challenging timelines. | have had responsibility for organizational budgets and for the disbursement of limited resources. Having had senior management roles in businesses, | am keenly ies and making sure that each person’s skills are fully aware of and skilled at delegation of responsibi utilized. This, of course, is a key characteristic of those who excel at the Commissioner coordinator position. A critical perspective and complementary skills for the BOCC. At the present time, the Weld County Board of Commissioners finds itself ina very challenging position. While one of our most important industries, oil and gas production is under attack from various quarters, we are also presented with incomplete, inconclusive, and sometimes incorrect information regarding issues such as the impact on residents’ health. This also happens with other issues, such as immigration and 2° Amendment rights, occurring as a result of record-setting growth in our County. The Comprehensive Plan revision that is currently underway, for example, along with the prioritization of transportation planning over the next 10 years, will affect every resident's quality of life and well-being, My extensive private sector experience in technology and science enables me to offer additional perspective and analysis of the impacts of many of the issues facing Weld County. In collaboration with the County Department Heads, | anticipate being able to contribute to solutions and progress over a wide range of issues critical to Weld County. Goals | would occupy the Commissioner At Large position for less than 11 months, so it’s also important to be realistic about what can be accomplished in that limited time. However, to be the most effective, | will be focusing on a few specific objectives. Enhance communication between the County and all 32 cities and towns in Weld County. Although it any, Commissioner coordinator role to which | was ‘would obviously depend explicitly on which, assigned, | would set a goal of visiting not only the elected officials but also the citizens of each of the 32 incorporated areas. AAs the At Large Commissioner, it would be an opportunity to learn from citizens throughout the County. One of the most important activities in Weld County during 2020 is the revision of the Comprehensive plan. | believe that outreach to County residents is critical to be successful in this objective, Emphasize the need for transparency from government. Weld County has made great progress in the last couple of years in improving the trar sparency of our government's operations. The Meetings and Hearings Calendar, the newly implemented video streaming of BOCC meetings, and the recording and archiving of BOCC work sessions all greatly improve the ability of citizens to be aware of County issues and actions. Extending this progresses to make sure that citizens have easy access to County information and procedures must be a continued focus. Explore ways that Weld County can use its substantial resources in a positive way to become an acknowledged leader in the economic and social arenas in Colorado. While it will require cooperation of other entities, | believe that Weld should strive to be the standard bearer for economic development and how its impact can be balanced with growth Kisker Y/ & Frustrated... 24 January 2020, by Dave Kisker (Published at http://www. weldpeopleunited.com) 'm pretty disgusted. | attended two Weld County Commissioners’ oil and gas related work sessions on Tuesday, and while there were some very interesting developments, this was also a source of disappointment, frustration, or, even disgust. ‘As many of you know, part of the mission of PURG is to keep an eye on government activities at any level. While much of our focus since our formation in 2017 has been Weld County, the truth is that things are getting better in Weld County when it comes to transparency and other related issues. The same cannot be said for other governmental functions. At yesterday's work sessions, there were several reports that leave me very frustrated because of the pure intellectual dishonesty and complete disregard of economic realities by the officials here in Colorado, especially the legislature. | don’t have sufficient space to describe everything that was reported, but here are a few key points: 1. Legislation has been introduced that would require 25% of all nature gas delivered by a utility company to be “biogas”; reservoirs underneath us, but rather generated by the decomposition of organic waste products. Aside from the fact that biogas is not economically viable which will result in price increases to consumers, this mandate completely ignores the concept of incentive- driven developments. Although I'm skeptical that subsidies of any sort should be used to pick winners and losers, mandates are ALWAYS inferior to incentives since they methane that is not extracted from the massive invariably ignore economic reality. 2. There is a major question of where the funding for transportation is going to come from. Apparently, the plan is to reduce general funds allocation for this purpose from $300M to $50M, It’s almost as if this is in retaliation for the voters rejecting Proposition CC. 3. Commissioner Kirkmeyer related an incident that occurred at the January meeting of the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization. During a presentation by Executive Director Mike Silverstein of the Regional Air Quality Council, he made the statement that no further regulations should be needed for Colorado to become compliant with the ozone standards by 2024. However, as he was saying this, his slide was suggesting the opposite. MPO member Commissioner Tom Donnelly questioned this statement and Silverstein confirmed it. But, then Mr. Donnelly observed that the comments were recorded for posterity, and suddenly Silverstein changed his tune and back-pedaled from his statement. | was at this meeting and can confirm that this event happened exactly as Kirkmeyer said it did, 4. It was also reported by the Ramboll consulting team that at the rulemaking session in December, the RACQ commissioners essentially ignored any science/economics based discussion regarding the viability and approach to oil/gas site monitoring, and instead, followed their political agenda. Generally, the result of the rulemaking was to implement new requirements for monitoring and control of all oil and gas activities independent of their size or economic impact, despite concerns raised by the industry that overregulation was occurring. in sum, the Commission approved the following 2. Eliminating the existing 90-day permitting deferral on new oil and gas facilties - under the new rule, these facilities must be permitted before they can begin exploration and production activities. b. Requiring at least twice-a-year leak detection and repair at well production facilities throughout the state with volatile organic chemical (VOC) emissions of greater than two tons per year. ¢. Requiring either quarterly or monthly leak detection, depending on the size of the facility, at sites within 1,000 feet of occupied structures. . Requiring oil and gas operators to provide a comprehensive annual emissions report for oll and gas facilities. . Further reducing emissions of VOCs from storage tanks by setting more stringent contro! requirements across the state. Requiring new oil and gas facilities to control hydrocarbon emissions from sampling and ‘measurement activities and from the load out of storage tanks to trucks. Enhancing recordkeeping requirements for emissions at wells across the state. Expanding new inspection requirements - currently in place within the ozone nonattainment area - for pressure valves or ‘pneumatic controllers” at oll and gas sites across the state, ze (Source: North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization} My problem with all of this is the continuing thread of intellectual dishonesty. This stuff is not just the result of ignorance of technical details, or even just pushing a particular viewpoint. Rather, it’s purely and simply dishonest. This emperor has no clothes, yet the current powers that control Colorado are willing to ignore this fact continue to admire his robes. We need to awaken by November and hopefully take steps to reverse this situation. For me, at least, it’s not about one view or the other. It’s about objectively and honestly evaluating concepts in the marketplace of ideas and jointly adopting the best for the benefit of all Coloradoans. People United for Responsible Gov. hitps:/Aweldpeopleunited.com/2019/05/14/weld-county -in-the-zone/ Kisker 4/9 Weld County~"In the zone’ Uncategorized (https:|/weldpeopleunitedcom/category Juncategorized/) Weld County-“In the zone” Zoning, What is it? Why does it matter? How does it affect people? One of the most important tasks of government at any level is managing land use, By controlling what uses are approved! at a location, a jurisdictior can caure orderly development or chaos. On the one hang, it's important to respect the right of a property owner to experience the “quiet enjoyment of his property’: on the other hand, a property owner may not provont his neighbors from doing the same thing The way that government manages this balance is typically through zoning-designating what types of uses may occur within any of several “zone districts”-residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, ote. Ina wolk planned situation, highiy intense uses such as heavy industry are separated from low intensity uses such as residentiol.In fact, uses mayb fundamentally incompatible (and therefore should net be adjacont to one nother) if their impacts (such as noise, dust, odor. trafic, ete.) are widely different. In Weld County, we have had a unique situation. The County is approximately 4,000 sq, miles, and a very large fraction is zoned for agricultural uses. The map shown above of the southern portion of the county shows how important this is. Aside from the areas included in the city limits of Weld's 32 municipalities, the County zoning is overwholmingly Lof 4 2/4/2020, 11:21 AM Weld County- — People United for Responsible Gov. /htips://weldpeopleunited com/2019/05/14/weld-county-in-the-zone!, agriculture, Howover, until now, this has not reflected the way in which County land use has actually funetioned. in realty, the County has been using a process called the "Use by Special Review’ (USR) permit to alow necrly any use in the agricultural zone, whether it has anything to do with agriculture or not Literally anything, from RV storage facilities to asphalt plants to concrete plants to junkyards to solar farms to waste digesters have been allowed Con agrict ituraly zoned land. As the map above of the same aroe shows, this process has been used so extensively that there is ne incentive to property zone any region or to manage the compatinilty in «systematic way. In fact, the language of the USR Ordinance has explicitly ollowed! this to occur. “A Site Specific Development Plan and Use by Special Review Permit for a Use permitted as a Use by Right, Accessory Use, or Use bby Special Review in the Commercial or Industrial Zone Districts” Obviously, with this language, the zoning code completely nogatos tho agricultural zone district. However, this may be about to change! Weld County is currently in the midst of a substantial revision ofits zoning process, Chapter 28 of the Weld County Code. You can learn more about the process and status at the County wob site: Weld Zoning Plan (https://wmmweldgov.com/newsroom/current_nows Jcommissioners_to_review_proposed_zoning_updates) But, in summary, the County is eliminating many of the possible uses of the USR process. While some uses will be permitted more easily under a 2ofd 2/4/2020, 11:21 AM ‘Weld County—“In the zone” — People United for Responsible Gov. Ihttps:/weldpeopleunited.com/2019/05/14/weld-county-in-the-zone/ procedure known as“Z-PAG" (zoning permit, ag) c large number of more intonsivo uses will now be constrained to occur only on Commercially or Industrially zoned parcels. The current version of these requirements is here: Zoning Table (htpsi//weldpeopleunited.com/wphwp-content Juploads/2019/07/tand-Use-Table-2-12-19,p¢f) However, at a work session yesterclay, May 12,2019, the BOCC went a step further end directed sta to modify this table in two important ways. Fist ppormenent asphalt ond conerete plants will ONLY be alowed in the industrial districts unless they are directly essociated with a gravel pit Tomporary plants would stil be alowed in the Agricultural district only it they are needed for a public road project and only for upto 2 years. And, second, the staff was directed to revise the standlards for solar facilities to require them to be constructed only on industrially zoned parcels. (Note that this would NOT opply to solar generation used entirely to support ictvitios within the parcel se applications such as resicential solar woul not be affected) There are various other changes that are likely to occur before the revisions are final. In particular, we have argued that there also need to be standards for compatioilty established so that property owner who wish to establish a more intense use in an area will understand exactly what wi be required, in fact, we submitted an extended analysis, suggesting that ‘some sort of comparative impact analysis should be included in this revision. Although Commissioners Conway and James seemed to be interested in this concept ot the first reading of this ordinance, at the work session, the subject was not addressed. You can review the document we submitted here: Compatibility Analysi (https//weldpeopleunited.com/wp- content/uploads/2019/07/Land-Use-Compatibilty-white-paper pat) (https//woldpeopleunitedicom/wp/wp-contont/uploads/2010/07/tand- Use- Compatibilty-white-paper;pdt) In summary, there is still work to do, but we are cautiously optimistic that this major revision of Chapter 23 of the Weld County Codie will result in more predictability inland use. Given that our county faces substantial changes as a resuit of the anticipated growth over the next couple of decades, the recognition of the need for these changes is « very positive stop. Next Steps: The Second Reading of Ordinance 19-02 is currently schoduled to occur at the BOC meeting on June Toth. We urge all residents to contribute to the process by expressing their ideas and concerns in writing prior to that date, oF, in person at the public hearing on that date. 30f4 2/4/2020, 11:21 AM ‘Weld County—“In the zone” ~ People United for Responsible Gov. https://weldpeopleunited,com/2019/05/14/weld-county-in-the-zone/ land use (https://weldpeopleunited.com/tag/ianc-use/) Weld County Code (nttps!/woldpoopiounited com/taglweld-county-codo/) zoning (hitps/]woldpooplounited.com/taglzoning/) & PURG administrator (https///weldpeopleunitec.com/author Jpurggopurgadmin-2/) © May14, 2019 (nttps//weldpeopleunited.com/2019/05/14/weld-county-in- the-zone/) RELATED POSTS Uncategorized (https|/weldpeoplounitedcom/category Juncategorizea/) ‘The PURG website is being reconstructed....please come back soon! 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Kiskew 6/& Uncategorized (https:/weldpeopleunited.com/eategory Juncategorized)) Data talks...BS walks ‘As a working scientist who was employed in “high tech’ for over 30 years, | don't have much patience for unsupported rhetoric. | strongly support using alll available evidence for decision making, so when politicians tell us to “don't worry, be happy’, my warning antennas go up and | go into “alert mode’. And, I don't care what side of the question that you are on. Calling the other side a bunch of names, impugning their heritage, or using any word containing the segment “tard” causes me to doubt the speaker's dopth of thought (at the least.) and raises questions about their motivations, So, when our Governor tells us that Wold County willbe “ok” despite the passage of $8181, and when Ms. Galindo (HD50) parrots the same thing, immediately wonder whether they have done their homework But, the same doubt applies to the references to the “Boulder matic” that we have heard from our own Wold County Commissioners, in recent weeks. in my opinion, it's « childish and unprofessional offort to throw some ‘red meat’ to the citizens of Weld County, at least partly to distract them from other issues. So, when the County Assessor, Ms. Brenda Dones, was the featured speaker at the Weld County Council meeting last Monday night (4/8/19), those in attendance listened carefully as she described the process that is currently underway to provide your new property valuation for the next two years. But, in addition, Dones provided ‘specifics on the tho role of oil and gas in the finances of Weld County. Unlike some of the other elected officials, Ms. Dones is data-driven and depends completoly on the “facts on the ground” that enable her office to analyze and doliver the proporty valuation information that our county, cities, towns and taxing districts rely upon to plan their budgets for the next two years. A recording of her presentation will be available at the Council wobsito, but there were a few key details that are critically important for ail Weld 1of6 21/4/2020, 11:22 AM ata talks...BS walks ~ People United for Responsible Government tips://weldpeopleunited.comi/20 1 9/04/17/data-talks-bs-walks-origi. County citizons to be awarre of, incluciing those politicians who toll us to “don't worry, be happy’, such as Ms. Galinclo, who roprosents HO 50 (Greeley). Vacant Land | Residential Property & Commerdal Property industrial Property Agricultural Natural Resources mOland Gas State Assessed Property meres Sata aaom tame 1 The total assessed valuation ofall the property in Weld County os of the most recent valuation is about S17 billion. This includes agricultural land, commercial industrial, resiciontial.and oll and gas. Of this amount, 368 billion, of 58%, is owned by oll and gas, which includes not only their land (ie. real property) but also their business personal property (equipment, ete). 2. The taxes paid by any property owner are based on the relevant “mill levy" for that location, and the “assessed value”. The assessed value is tho product of the actual markot value of the property and the specific ssmont rato that is usod for that typo of property. In Colorado, most property is assessed at 29% of market value. The two important exceptions are residential property, currently assessed at 7.2% and oil and gas property, assessed at 875% So, in generail the property tax is given by (mill lovy)*(markot valuc)* (assessment rate). fa resicential property with a market value of $109,000 is located in an area where the mill evy is, for example, $0 mills (5.0%), then the tax would be (0.05)*(100,000)*(0.072), or $360. 3. What is the role of the oll and gas industry? Is the concern about the impact of SBI8! justified? According to Ms, Dones, the total property tox income to Weld County ontities (County, cities, town, schoo! districts, etc) in 2018 was about $850 million, Of this, the oil and gas industry 20f6 2/4/2020, 11:22 AM Data talks. 30f6 People United for Responsible Gover ‘hutps:/Aveldpeopleunited.com/2019/04/17/data-talks-bs-walks-origi paid about $498 milion {t's no surprise then that the property taxes paid by the oil and gas industry are an extremely large share of the income of Weld County. This is based not only the large amount of land holdings, but also the taxes on the business personal property that they use. For example, of the $177 milion that Weld County received from property taxes in 2018, $103 million came from the oil and gas industry! Wold County's scheo! districts are an even largor boneficiary of property tox revenues n 2018, they received $343 milion from property tax (Of course, the oil and gas traction of their valuation base will ditfer between districts, as will the oil and gas income) Though it woul net bo uniformly decreased, a major loss of oil ane gass property tax revenue would likoly devastate many of our school systems Clearly. this revenue is critical to the County and municipalities ability to provide tnoir services. There is simply no alternative in many cases to Grastically cut services, or, to increase the property taxes on other property owners. 4. But, some will claim that this loss in revenue will not occur-after all, the oil and gas industry is not going to simply leave our County. | think thot hiss the source of a great deal of misunderstanding. As we learned on Monday night, sustaining the oil an gas activity is critical to sustaining the income because about 40% of the tax revenue from that industry comes from NEW DRILLING that occurred during the previous year. The revenue from that driling activity falls of each year thereatter, buts stil significant So, if there were a moratorium on new driling that, was imposed by the state for oven one year (as has been the stated intention of the Governer) the economic cost to Weld County would be dovastoting due to the compounding effect ofthat reduction in driling ion that it currently receives from this industry, it would be @ shortfall of about $200 million! Think about it: if Weld County lost 40% of the nearly $500 5. Who would bo affected? Of course, the County itsolf would lose about $41 million ofits $177 million in property tax revenue. But, everyone in the County would feel additional effects, although some would be affected more than others. Let's take one example: Aims Community College. Tho property tox income received is based on the total assessed value within the relevant taxing district. Based on County records, in 2018, that 2/4/2020, 11:22 AM Data talks...BS walks — People United for Responsible Government Ittps://weldpeopleunited.com/2019/04/17/data-talks-bs-walks-origi. amount was $10.0 billion, and their mill levy was 6.317 (0.006317%), which. resulted in revenue of about $63.3 milion. However, County records also show that for this taxing district, oil and gos companies accounted for an enormous share of the assessed value. This table shows only the top 10 assessed values: AIMS JUNIOR COLLEGE 700 NaMe 2018 ASSESSED VALUE With the exception of XCEL, these are all cil and gas operations. Those companies alone account for over $5 billion of the assessed valuations within the AIMS taxing distriet-more than haif!! Oil and gas industry property taxes accounted for more than $30M of the AIMS budget. Obviously, not all of these companies are conducting drilling operations, so it's unlikely that AIMS would lose 40% or $12M, But. a substantial reduction would be anticipated-it appears that as much as 5M could be lost if a drilling moratorium wore imposed, The bottom line is that in fact, $8181 could have a major, negative financial impact on the citizens, schools, cities and towns of Weld County. it's NOT just rhetoric! While we cannot yet determine how great the impact drilling while the newly composed COGCC decides what the rules are going to be should be a major concer to all Weld County residents, ‘a8 well as those in other Counties that will be affected. While areas such as Boulder County, where there are minimal oil and gas activities, may not consider it to be important, the entire state of be, the very real threat of a moratorium on Colorado will be affected. Ifyou are interested in how all of this affects your particular city, town or other taxing district, you can use this link to see the County report of the top 25 taxpayors for each district: Report of the top 26 taxpayers (https//tinyurl com/yansfaqa) The Assessor's office has also provided a useful summary of the 4086 2/4/2020, 11:22 AM Data talks...BS walks ~ People United for Responsible Government htips://wweldpeopleunited.com/2019/04/1 7/data-talks-bs-walks-origi, property assessments and oxpenditures in this booklet: Summary of property assessments and expenditures (httpsi/tinyurlcomlyadznovy) The Future ‘One of the other eye-opening statistics that Ms. Dones shared is that the total market value of Weld County property is going to increase as a result of the current re-valuation to over $14 billion! While some of this increase will come from residential properties, in reality the large majority of the increase will come from oil and gas operations, resulting in an even larger financial impact on the operation of the county, cities, towns and taxing districts. That's the data, folks. Anything else is malarkey, NOTE: We are grateful to Weld County Assessor Brenda Dones for her excellent presentation at the County Council meeting and for providing the detailed data at the Assessor's website. cil and gas (nttps//weldpeopleunitedeom/tag/oi-and-gas/) property taxes (https! /weldpeopleunited.com/tag/property-taxes/) {& PURG administrator (https//welcipeopleunited.com/author Jourggopurgadmin-2/) © April, 2019 (huips:/weldpeoplounitedcom/2019/04)17/dato-talks-bs- waiks-originally-postec-apri-17-2010/) RELATED POSTS. Uncategorized (https;//weldpeopleunitedcom/category Juncategorized/) The PURG website is being reconstructed....please come back soon! 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These 9 items v the rosul: of efforts by the 2018 ad hoc Charter Review Committee of whick was a member. (NOTE: The PRO/CON statements are mine, and do not necessarily rofloct the opinion of other CRC members. In every case, ther was a consensus that the question should be put onto the ballot. | have sin tried to offer some iciec about the discussion that occurred) WELD COUNTY REFERRED BALLOT QUESTION 1A Shall Section 3-6 of the Weld County Home Rule Charter be repealed ‘and reenacted to correct reference to the Department of Finance anc Administration and to correct the number of County departments as throe rather than four, thus reading as follows? Section 3-6. - Commissioner ~ Departments. ())_ The Department of Finance and Administration shall be coordinated bt Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. (2) Fach of the othor throe major departments, as established by artiolo N shall be coordinated by one of the other Commissioners together with sistance from another Commissioner. both of whom shall be appointed tho Board otis first meeting in January each yecr. PRO: This is a correction to the charter to reflect that there are throo Coun 2/4/2020, 11:23 AM ‘Weld County Charter Proposals 20f7 People United for Responsible ‘hnps://weldpeopteunited.com/2018/10/0S/weld-county-charter-pro, Departments in addition to the Department of Finance and Administration (The Department of Human Services is a Stato-mandated requirement anv not reflected in the Home Rule Charter) This change will have no effect on County operations or finanoos. CON: None. WELD COUNTY REFERRED BALLOT QUESTION 18 Shall Subsection 3-8(4)(b) of the Weld County Home Rule Charter be repealed and reenacted to eliminate the requirement that contracts and the disposition of real property be approved by the Board of County Commissioners by ordinance only, thus reading as follows? Section 8-8, ~ Powors and Duties, (2) without limiting the generaity of the foregoing or ciminis authority and responsibilty ofthe Board as her diutios of the Board shall includ dutios and powers to: \g the total provided, the powers ar (p) Enact legislation including such means of enforcement thereof as sho authorized by law, and otherwise formally promulgate county policy. Unloz otherwise required by statute, the Board shall act only by ordinance in mat of legislation and appropriations, and by ordinance, resolution or motion, ¢ may be appropriate, in other matters. PRO: The requirement that all contracts and real property dispositions approved through the County's Ordinance procedure is unwieldy and impractical as it can add as much as 60 days to these processes. in many cases, there are requirements that these types of agreements must occur more quickly. In some cases, separate procedures have been developed t Alleviate the procedural congestion required by this requirement. For legislation and financial matters, the procedures remain unchangec Because of the special procedures which have been used, there will effect be no change to County processes. In addition, if also passed, Ballot Quest 16 will require additional Public Notice for large, unbudgeted expenditures CON: By eliminating the requirement for three public readings of the ordinance process, public oversight of purchase of contracted items and 1 property dispositions will potentially be reduced. 2/4/2020, 11:23 AM ‘Weld County Charter Proposals ~ People United for Responsible Iutps:f/weldpeopleunited.conv/20 18/10/05 veld-county -charter-pro 30f7 WELD COUNTY REFERRED BALLOT QUESTION IC Shall the outdated Subsection 3-9(3) of the Weld County Home Rule Charter, which set the Commissioner initial annual salaries upon ‘enactment of the Charter in 1976, be repealed? PRO: This section of the Charter was only applicable during the initial peric ‘enactment of the Charter. it has been entirely superseded due to normal operation of the County Government. CON: None. WELD COUNTY REFERRED BALLOT QUESTION 1D Shall Section 3-1lof the Weld County Home Rule Charter be repealed ond roenacted to emendits title to “Official Meotings" and to correct grammatical errors to Subsection (1), thus reading as follows? Section 3-11 ~ Official Meotings. Regular Board meetings shal be hold atleast twice weekly on days to be dotermined by the Board by resolution; howover, regular meeting may bo cancelled by resolution of the Boars passed and publicly announced ato tem (10) days prior to the cancollod meeting date. PRO: This change affirms the reference in Section 3-10 to “official” Board meetings. As stated in Section 3-10, “no action shall be taken by the Board « than at an official meeting’ This change makes the terminology of Section consistent with Section 3-10. CON: None. WELD COUNTY REFERRED BALLOT QUESTION IE Shalll a new Subsection 6-5(5) be enacted to the Weld County Home 2/4/2020, 11:23 AM. ‘Weld County Charter Proposals ~ People United for Responsible Intps:f4veldpeopleunited.com/2018/10/0S/weld-county-charter-pro, Rule Charter to disallow convicted folons from boing elected or ‘appointed to County office, thus roading as follows? Section 6-8. ~ Qualifications. ‘A person who has been convicted of a felony shall not be eligible to be eler or appointed to County office. PRO: This new section of the Charter would preclude persons whe have be convicted of serious crimes from serving in an elected or appointed positic the County, thereby reducing the risk of criminol activities, Enforcement woud bo aecomplished eithor by « failure to moot this requirement, or in the case that a person's qualifications are misrepresent prior to e’sction or appointment. the person could be removed from office the County Council uncier Section 18-8(6) ofthe Chorter CON: If @ person who has been convicted of a felony has satisfied all pene requirements, his rights as a citizen, including holding office, should be fully restored. WELD COUNTY REFERRED BALLOT QUESTION IF Shall the outdated Section 10-6 of the Weld County Home Rule Charter Which says the County shall not be required to furnish the Sheriff or ‘any deputy with living quarters because they are “keepers of the jail” be repealed? PRO: This is an outdated section of the Charter that was based on proviou State requirements. This provision is no longer needed, and it's elimination have no impact on operation of the County. CON: None. WELD COUNTY REFERRED BALLOT QUESTION IG Shall Section 16-6 of the Weld County Home Rule Charter be repealed ‘and reenacted to require notice to the public by two publications ten 4007 2/4/2020, 11:23 AM Weld County Charter Proposals ~ People United for Responsible hups:/weldpeopleunited,com/2018/10/0S/weld-county-charter-pr, Sof? days apart prior to approval of contracts for expenditures in the amount of $2,500,000 or greater by the Board of County Commissioners, thus reading os follows? Section 16-6. ~ Public Notice. Notice to the public of ordinances and of certain official acts, events, determinations, proceedings or meetings shall be given. Unless defined otherwise in the ordinances, rules or laws pertaining to the procedure tow tho public notice relatos, public notice may be by publication in a newspa, of general circulation in the County or by such other media and in such for as may be prescribed by the Board: except in the case of approval of contracts for expenditures in the amount of $2,500,000 or greeter that are identified within the County Budget, notice shall be by two publications ter days apart prior to approval When the notice informs the public of some event to take place in the future, it shall be published at least five days pric such event. PRO: This addition to the Public Notice requirements mandates that large, nbudigeted expenditures must be the subject of a notice to the Public, pri ‘approval, Generally, items that have boon included in the budget process, have been implicitly subjected to notice, but occasionally large expenditur ‘come before the Board that have not been through the budget process. Tt section would assure that the Pubblic is meicle aware of such expenditures. CON: #1. This notification procedure may acid several days to the time: Tequiredto approve large items. This may pose a burden for some County procedures. #2, The $2.5 million dollar threshold is far too high to provide any offective oversight of unbudgeted expendituros WELD COUNTY REFERRED BALLOT QUESTION 1H Shall the title to Article XVII of the Wold County Home Rule Charter be repealed and reenaicted, and a new Section 17-8 be enacted to the Weld County Home Rule Charter, to authorize the Board of County Commissionors to make non-substantive revisions to the Chartor, thus reading as follows? 2/4/2020, 11:23 AM ‘Weld County Charter Proposals 60f7 People Un od for Responsible nups:/weldpeopleunited,com/2018/10/05/weld-county-charter-pro. ARTICLE XVII ~ AMENDMENTS AND NON-SUBSTANTIVE REVISIONS TO CHARTER Section 17-3 - Non-Substantive Revisions. The Bourd of County Commissioners may, without approval of the voters, ‘adopt an ordinance that makes the following types of revisions to this Hon Rule Charter: |LRenumbering, revising ttlos, and rearranging parts thereof: 2.Correcting errors in spalling, grammar, cross-references, ond punctuation, 8. Revising language to reflect modern usage and style; and 4. Correcting obvious inconsistencies between sections, 5,Arevision adopted pursuant to this Section is not intended te and is not to be interpreted as making any substantive chan in any Charter provision. PRO: There are numerous minor grammatical, punctuation and other erro throughout the Charter as a result of changed usage and meanings since Chertor was approved, Currently, these errors can only be corrected throu the Amendment procediure, which is burdensome for the citizens. This Provision would allow corrections and revisions of these types of errors through the County's Ordinance procedures, which require 3 public readin the proposed changes, thereby offering @ substantial opportunity for publi scrutiny and oversight. Any attempt to substantially amend or change the Charter through this process is explicitly prohibited. CON: Despite the prohibition of attempting any substantial change throug this procedure, the only way to actually stop its misuse would be through « lawsuit that would be initiated! by citizens. This is too high a burden to prote the Charter from unauthorized amendments. WELD COUNTY REFERRED BALLOT QUESTION Il Shall the word, “elective,” be amended to the word, “elected” when reforting to olocted office or olectod officer(s) of the County in Sootions 2-2, §-9(3),6-1,6-8, 8-6(2),18-2(2) 16-1 16-7, 16-9, 18-3, and 18-6, and in the ttle to Article Vi of the Weld County Home Rule Chartor? 24/2020, 11:23 AM ‘Weld County Charter Proposals ~ People United for Responsible |utps:/veldpeopleunited com/2018/10/05/weld-county-charter-pro. PRO: This change is proposed to provicie substantial consistency in the description of the “elected’ officials and officers. it would eliminate any confusion in the descriptions of such persons. CON: None Weld County Charter (https://weldpeoplounitedcom/taglweld-county-charter 48 PURG administrator (https//weldpeoplcunitedcom/author Ipurgg0purgadmin-2)) © cetobor 6, 2018 (https//weldpeopleunited.com/2018/10/05/wolc-county- charter-proposals/) RELATED POSTS. 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Althougl hut preduct frum that vendor ws leurly the best ane atthe tine, we simply cual not afford any possibility ofa elain of favoritism, based on a Tree mound of gol, Even iit was Pebble Beach, 1 the operations seem frequently tobe ethkcily challenged! Not only has the Board af Weld eve in Weld County by comps ly not refused to accept quid pro quo, they actully soliived it as they id back it 2016, when they gement and Xe! Energy to put up substantial portion of County Commissioners typi lobbied frequent land-use applicants such as Matin Marietta, Waste the fun for the bueget-busting irekenridge tinny event. And, when i was discovered they! dame this, the nest stp ws £0 ‘irect Unese "donors" to give their contribations to United Way 80 it would be hidden from publie scrutiny. (AL this information isa mater of public record hy the #3.) ‘Aso, though the state Independent bihics Committee may disagree, Commissioner Jule Cozad insists she did nothing wrong when ter Gain Janwary 2017, courtesy of Noble Energy. she got bargin entry to the North Colorada Mlecal C “This sor of thing seems to have been “business as usual” in many cases. Akhough the commissioners often hide behind the lain, these sorts of things ae “par f thei job infact, a: the Colorado Supreme Court recenly mle, elected officials must aot use their 2/5/2020, 2:53 PM Kisker: Is Weld County turning over a new leaf? | GreeleyTribune.com —_hitps:/ivwwgreeleytribune.com/opinion/eolumns/kisker-is-weld-county-, “office for personal financial or palit yin ‘With this ramework in place, an event Jone 18 that weat largely unnoticed was especially remarkable, Ac the bourd of commissioners meeting, te commissioners considered resolution that would have accept! proposal rom Interstate Highway Construction In, to provide some work foro cost at the county-owned Missile Site Park. was clear fram the discussion the commissioners fit the work would be desirable Ad, twas “nly” about $50,000, Nota large winount of money na county with a $330 milion budget. But, despite the obvious desirability of the project, the fact Interstate Highway Construction has been a land-use applicant in the past and likely willbe again in the future raised a question ofthe appropriateness of accepting the donation, It would raise the appearance ‘of impropriety. Infact, one ofthe commissioners stated, "We should probably be paying for tis ourselves” In foct, that's exactly correet. Weld County as the resources to “pay fr this ourselves? though a shortfall would not excuse netics ecision- making. And, though Interstate Highway Constevetion may well be a corporate “goad citizen’ since it apparently does these {ypes of community service projets, as land-use applicant, its involvement would be just as inappropriate as it would have been for sme to accept that round at Pebble Beach, "hope this decision was the first one in anew approach to ethical decision makinigin Weld County. Avoiding even the appearance of Influence pedding is rtical to good government. I's time this became rovtine sb our county: — Dave Kisker is president of People United for Responsible Gove-saent, a grassroots citizen geoup seeking to sow the seed of «ange in Weld County. He lives in Johnstown and is one ofthe residents appealing the Martin Marietta decision made by commissioners in August 2015. 20f2 2/8/2020, 2:53 PM. Linda Kane Fro! Ellen De Lorenzo Sent: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 6:10 PM To: County Council Subject: Recommendation for Conway Cacancy Caution: This email originated from outside of Weld County Government. Do not click links or open attachments unless ‘you recognize the sender and know the content is safe. County Council Members: | recommend Dr. David kisker for the Weld County Commissioner vacancy created by Sean Conway's resignation. Dr. kisker is well versed in Weld County, it’s governance and it’s people. In addition, given the Comprehensive Plan Review the Commissioners are reviewing this year, Dr. Kisker is the perfect addition to the group on a variety of fronts. These include his academic background, his breath of expertise within the County and his exemplary moral fiber. Weld County Board of Commissioners needs Dr. Kisker and so does this county. Feel free to give me a call if you would like to discuss further. ‘Thank you for your consideration. Ellen De Lorenzo Weld County Resident | Hi Lavoe — Twere is an“ pppuuerion FOR JHE CommigstoneR SEAT IN HR THAT was Too LARGE FOR THE mall SOT 700, its wh Listy DESK REA, pureed slacgo @ 9 AM David W. Kisker, Ph.D. 720-979-6786 (cell) isker@gmall.com ‘Address: 6681 Apache Road Phon Johnstown, CO 80534 Em I: dave. Current Employment: Retired Political Party Affiliation: Republican Major Accomplishments Important contributions to Weld County: * Appointed by Weld County Board of County Commissioners to the Charter Review Committee of 2018 + Became educated and informed on most Weld County processes and procedures, especially related to land use, transportation, oil and gas, health, safety and welfare, and budget. Regularly attend meetings, meet with decision-makers, and speak out on important issues at meetings. ‘Served as a leader on the "No on 1A” campaign in 2017 to preserve the Weld County Council + Represented the Town of Milliken informally at meetings of the Freedom Parkway Coalition Career achievement: © Project management-managed and led teams of scientists, engineers, and technicians to accomplish industry-leading technology developments; managed multi-million dollar budgets. '* Business leadership—served as Vice President in a telecom startup; co-founded a biotech startup company. Co-founded three non-profit organizations for artistic and social purposes. + Technical expertise--developed deep understanding of multiple technical fields, including chemistry and physics, and applied this knowledge to various research and business-related problems, Co-inventor on three U.S. Patents. Author of over 80 scientific papers over a broad range of research topics. Designated as a Fellow of the American Physical Society for seminal research on the fundamental physics of semiconductor crystal growth processes, © Community service-mentored CSU students and supported their success in Senior Design competitions. Employment History ‘Twin Peaks Partners, LLC (Partner, 2006-Present). Consultant in various technical areas, including optical ‘communications technology, business development, financial management. Eoptra, LLC (Co-founder, 2008-2014) As a leader of this biotech start-up, developed methods for early detection of tumor cells in the human bloodstream. Wrote proposals seeking funding from Federal government agencies in collaboration with Colorado State University professors. Colorado State University (Faculty Affiliate, 2008-2014). Mentored Senior Electrical Engineering and Computer Science students on their Senior Design Project in preparation for end of the year competition, E- days. Our team won the top prize in the School of Arts and Sciences 5 of 6 years, and also won in the School of Engineering in 2023, Optical Communications Products (Director, Technology Development, 2002-2005). Managed the Colorado operations for this California telecommunications component company. Led team that developed state-of the-art laser devices for telecommunications. Cielo Communications Vice President, Technology Development (2001-2002). Managed a team of engineers and technicians to design and manufacture devices for telecommunications. Served as Chair of the Cielo Patent Committee. Had fiduciary responsibility for Company operations, including participation in venture funding activities by explaining Cielo technology to potential venture capital investors. Director, Laser and Detector Device Development (1999-2001). Managed a team of engineers and technicians to design and develop state of the art devices for telecommunications, Served as Chair of the Cielo Patent Committee. Provided scientific expertise for venture funding rounds. Senior Engineer (1998-1999). Collaborated with other Cielo engineers. Negotiated Cooperative R&D National Labs Agreement with Sank {BM, T.J. Watson Research Center (Research Staff Member, 1990-1998). Conducted various research activities related to electronic and optical materials development of devices used in IBM products. AT&T Bell Laboratories (Member, Technical Staff, 1983-1990). Developed synthesis methods for compound semiconductor materials potentially useful for optical communications. Used highly hazardous gases and served as Chair, Bell Labs, Holmdel, Safety Committee. ‘Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany (Scientific Staff Member, 1981-1983), Conducted research on the optical properties of gallium arsenide, a material useful for optical and electronic devices. Hewlett Packard Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA (Part-Time Staff Member, 1978-1983). Developed chemical methods for the production of optically active materials for use in optical communications. (This work dovetailed with my research program at Stanford during the same years.) Tektronix, Inc., Beaverton, OR (Process Engineer, 1974-1977). Developed processes for the fabrication of high performance semiconductor devices that were used in Tektronix products. Educational Background Institution Location ‘Area of Study, Graduation Central High Schoo! St.Joseph, Missouri 1969 University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida Chemistry Major, (Transferred, 1971) Rice University Houston, Texas 1974, B.A. Chemistry Oregon Graduate Beaverton, Oregon 1977, M.S. Applied Physics (Received while Center working at Tektronix.) Stanford University Stanford, California 1981, Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering ASO FE Candidate Statement David W. Kisker, Ph.D, Asa citizen of Weld County, with no aspirations to hold elective office, | believe that I bring unique advantages to the Commissioner At Large position, including Broad knowledge of Weld County issues and operations. | have acquired a breadth of knowledge over the last 5 years as a result of having regularly attended, observed, participated in and reported on humerous meetings of governmental organizations. These include Weld County BOCC meetings, Weld County Land Use Hearings, Weld County BOCC Work Sessions, meetings of the Highway 34 PEL Coalition, ‘meetings of the Freedom Parkway Coalition, meetings of the Weld County Council, and meetings of the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization. Demonstrated ability to understand and contribute to deliberation on important and complex issues. ‘As amember of the Weld County Home Rule Charter Review Committee, | routinely raised issues for consideration, along with other members of the Committee, Our focus on transparency in government often stimulated discussion that led to improvements in the Home Rule Charter. 'No political or elected office agenda. i do not have any intention to seek elective office in Weld County. While | expect that my interest and support of important aspects of Weld County government, including land use, transportation, oil and gas, health, safety and welfare will continue, | believe that in the long term, | will be able to continue to play this role outside of government. Not having a political agenda will enable me to focus on the duties of Commissioner. Readiness for the Commissioner role. In addition to being prepared to “hit the ground running” by virtue of my broad involvement as a citizen, | also offer unique skills from my private sector experience. | have assembled and worked with disparate teams across organizational boundaries to accomplish difficult tasks with challenging timelines. have had responsibility for organizational budgets and for the disbursement of limited resources. Having had senior management roles in businesses, | am keenly aware of and skilled at delegation of responsibilities and making sure that each person’s skills are fully utilized. This, of course, is a key characteristic of those who excel at the Commissioner coordinator position. A critical perspective and complementary skills for the BOCC. At the present time, the Weld County Board of Commissioners finds itself in a very challenging position. While one of our most important industries, oil and gas production is under attack from various quarters, we are also presented with incomplete, inconclusive, and sometimes incorrect information regarding Issues such as the impact on residents’ health. This also happens with other issues, such as immigration and 2 Amendment rights, occurring as a result of record-setting growth in our County. The Comprehensive Plan revision that is. currently underway, for example, along with the prioritization of transportation planning over the next 10 years, will affect every resident's quality of life and well-being. My extensive private sector experience in technology and science enables me to offer additional perspective and analysis of the impacts of many of the issues facing Weld County. In collaboration with the County Department Heads, | anticipate being able to contribute to solutions and progress over a wide range of issues critical to Weld County. Goals | would occupy the Commissioner At Large position for less than 11 months, so it’s also important to be realistic about what can be accomplished in that limited time. However, to be the most effective, | will be focusing on a few specific objectives. Enhance communication between the County and all 32 cities and towns in Weld County. Although it would obviously depend explicitly on which, if any, Commissioner coordinator role to which | was assigned, | would set a goal of visiting not only the elected officials but also the citizens of each of the 32 incorporated areas. As the At Large Commissioner, it would be an opportunity to learn from citizens throughout the County. One of the most important activities in Weld County during 2020 is the revision of the Comprehensive plan. | believe that outreach to County residents is critical to be successful in this objective. Emphasize the need for transparency from government. Weld County has made great progress in the last couple of years in improving the trat.sparency of our government's operations. The Meetings and Hearings Calendar, the newly implemented video streaming of BOCC meetings, and the recording and archiving of BOCC work sessions all greatly improve the ability of citizens to be aware of County issues and actions. Extending this progresses to make sure that citizens have easy access to County information and procedures must be a continued focus, Explore ways that Weld County can use its substantial resources in a positive way to become an acknowledged leader in the economic and social arenas in Colorado. While it will require cooperation of other entities, believe that Weld should strive to be the standard bearer for economic development and how its impact can be balanced with growth, From: Ellen De Lorenzo Sent: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 6:10 PM Te County Council Subject: Recommendation for Conway Cacancy Caution: This email originated from outside of Weld County Government. Do not click links or open attachments unless you recognize the sender and know the content is safe. County Council Members: | recommend Dr. David Kisker for the Weld County Commissioner vacancy created by Sean Conway's resignation. Dr. Kisker is well versed in Weld County, it's governance and it’s people. in addition, given the Comprehensive Plan Review the Commissioners are reviewing this year, Dr. Kisker is the perfect addition to the group on a variety of fronts. These include his academic background, his breath of expertise within the County and his exemplary moral fiber. Weld County Board of Commissioners needs Dr. Kisker and so does this county. Feel free to give me a call if you would like to discuss further. Thank you for your consideration Ellen De Lorenzo Weld County Resident