Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mark Waller tagged for statewide honor

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 4:01 PM

Mark Waller is honored by Colorado Counties, Inc. - FILE PHOTO
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This blog has been updated to show the correct date Amy Lathen left office.

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Mark Waller, in his first elected term on the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners, has been named the Freshman Commissioner of the Year by Colorado Counties, Inc.

Waller, a former state representative who replaced Amy Lathen on the commission when she resigned in mid-2015 2016, was elected to a four-term term in November 2016.

In a release, Waller said his work on obtaining funding to expand Interstate 25 where it narrows between Monument and Castle Rock was one reason he was honored. Voters passed two questions in the Nov. 7 election that will provide a local match for the state project.

He shares the award with Byron Pelton of Logan County and is the second El Paso County commissioner to win the award. Dennis Hisey won it in 2005.

From a news release:
Waller said his role in the campaign by the County and other municipalities along the Front Range to secure funds for the future widening of the I-25 Gap from Monument to Castle Rock was a big reason he was recognized by CCI on Tuesday at the Hotel Elegante in southern Colorado Springs.

“All the work that we’ve done together as a county on I-25 definitely contributed to it,” Waller said. “This is truly a team effort, from my fellow Commissioners to all the County staff members that helped out as well.”

CCI said that Waller’s leadership in 2017 also led to his honor. Waller was chosen by fellow Commissioners in January to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Board. He is Co-Chair of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority and serves on multiple boards in the community.

Waller said his experience as a State House Representative helped him in his role in the preserving funding for County child protection efforts. His work with El Paso County Department of Human Services Executive Director Julie Krow, and other elected officials saved state funding that directly impacts families and children in need. He continues to be a strong voice for counties in their critical child protection efforts on the statewide Child Welfare Allocation Committee.

“We were able to insure that counties and children are treated fairly by the Colorado Department of Human Services,” Waller said.

CCI also handed out its Commissioner of the year award to Larry Don Suckla of Montezuma County. And Commissioner John Martin of Garfield County was given the Distinguished Service Award.

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