El Paso County, CO, Nov. 30, 2017 – El Paso County District 2 Commissioner Mark Waller was honored Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at the Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) Winter Conference, receiving CCI’s Co-Freshmen Commissioner of the Year award.
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.
Waller shared Freshman of the Year honors with Commissioner Byron Pelton of Logan County. Waller joins former District 4 Commissioner Dennis Hisey as the only El Paso County Commissioners to be named Freshman Commissioner of the Year. Hisey won the award in 2005.
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.