Jan 15, 2015

Tilden new chairman of Park County Commission

Commissioner Joe Tilden will lead the Park County Commission in 2015.

Tilden was formally voted in as the commission’s chairman at the board’s Jan. 6 meeting, though commissioners had informally made the decision weeks earlier.

“I hope I can do as good a job as Commissioner Hall has,” said Tilden, referring to Hall’s leadership of the commission in 2014.

Hall and the commissioners' executive assistant, Peggy Ruble, spent the weeks leading up to the January meeting prepping Tilden for the new job “so at least he won’t get totally blind-sided,” Hall said.

Tilden, who’s just starting his second four-year term on the commission, had spent the past two years as the board’s vice-chairman. He had declined the position of chairman last year.

As chairman, Tilden is in charge of setting the board’s weekly agenda and serves as the board’s figurehead and as the first point of contact. The chairman typically only votes in the event of a tie between the other four commissioners.

Commissioner Loren Grosskopf was among those who thanked Hall for his service last year.

“We all know how much effort it is and we really appreciate it,” Grosskopf said.

Commissioner Lee Livingston was elected as the board’s vice chairman in 2015, meaning he’ll fill in whenever Tilden is away.


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