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Board of El Paso County Commissioners

The County Commissioners are constitutional officers elected to four-year terms.

Telephone: (719) 520-7276

Location:
Centennial Hall
200 South Cascade Avenue, Suite 150
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Commissioners 2017

The Board of County Commissioners (BoCC), an administrative and policy-making body, has only such powers and authority as are granted by the General Assembly of the Colorado State Legislature.

County government is a political subdivision of state government, created to carry out the will of the state. The County is not an independent governmental entity existing by reason of any sovereign authority. As a political subdivision, the county and its board of commissioners possess only such implied powers as are necessary to carry out expressed powers ( Colorado Constitution, Article XIV, Section 6).

Colorado counties with a population of 70,000 or more may have a three or five-member board of commissioners. In 1976 the voters of El Paso County chose to have a board of five commissioners, each elected to represent a district. The districts are equal in population, and the boundaries are established by the board every two years.

The Board of County Commissioners holds Public Hearings and Meetings on a regular basis. All such meetings are subject to state open meeting laws, the Colorado Sunshine Act of 1972, and the Colorado Open Records Act. The Commissioners update their Rules, Procedure, and Ethics Standards annually. The Board’s regular published hearings are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (except legal holidays) beginning at 9 a.m. in the Auditorium of Centennial Hall at 200 South Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs. In July and August a summer schedule is implemented and meetings are held Tuesday’s only.

Board of El Paso County Commissioners regular meetings are scheduled weekly.

  • 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Centennial Hall, 200 South Cascade Avenue, downtown Colorado Springs, CO 80903
  • Live Stream the Meetings.
  • Commissioners meetings are replayed on the El Paso County News and Information Channel on Comcast 59 and Century Link 89 and 1089 as well as the Pikes Peak Library District Channel on Comcast 17.
  • Centennial Hall is handicap accessible and has assisted listening devices.

Agendas & Minutes

The meeting agendas are compiled and prepared by the Clerk to the Board in Clerk and Recorder’s Office on the Wednesday of the week prior.  Contact the County Administrator at (719) 520-7276 for information on scheduling an item before the Board.

Meeting Agendas are online. Meeting agendas are also posted in the outdoor signboard located east of the front entrance to the Centennial Hall, 200 South Cascade, Colorado Springs, CO.

Early submittals are always encouraged.  The second and fourth Thursdays of each month are normally reserved for Land Use items; they are also heard on the third Thursday of the month as needed.

For previous meeting information, please visit the Clerk to the Board webpage.

Participants

County Commissioners

  • District 1, Darryl Glenn
  • District 2, Mark Waller
  • District 3, Stan VanderWerf
  • District 4, Longinos Gonzalez Jr.
  • District 5, Peggy Littleton
    (A quorum of three Commissioners is required to hold a meeting.)

Board Appointees

  • County Administrator, Henry Yankowski
  • County Attorney, Amy Folsom

Clerk to the Board

El Paso County citizens are encouraged to attend Commissioners meetings.

Audience members have an opportunity to address the Commissioners either during the Public Comments portion of the meeting (on items not on the agenda), or when the President asks for comments during the discussion of a scheduled agenda item.

Procedures are as follows:

  • Receive recognition from the President.
  • Step up to the podium.
  • State your name.
  • Sign in to the Registry Book
  • Present your comments or questions.

Please be brief in your comments to allow everyone an opportunity to speak.
Time limitations shall be at the discretion of the President of the Board.

Darryl Glenn CommissionerDarryl Glenn graduated from Doherty High School in Colorado Springs. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master’s in Business Administration from Western New England College and a Juris Doctor from New England School of Law.

Glenn retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after 21 years of active duty and reserve service. He led a $19 million Iceland Command and Control Enhancement Program implementing performance standards that saved $400,000. He served as Program Manager for a $5 billion office responsible for implementing a base realignment and closure plan. Also, he supervised 35 communication system programs valued at $1 billion developing support plans that saved $20 million while providing a 40 percent increase in warfighting capability.

Glenn was appointed to the Colorado Springs City Council in June 2003. He was elected to serve a four-year term in April 2005 and reelected to another term in 2009. As a Council Representative, he served as a member of a board of elected officials overseeing a $350 million municipal budget, a $1 billion four-service municipal utility and a $600 million municipal health care system.

On November 2, 2010, Glenn was elected to the El Paso County Board of Commissioners. Glenn was then reelected in 2014 by more than 80 percent of his consitutents in Commissioner District 1. On June 28, 2016, Glenn won the Republican Nomination for the U.S. Senate.

On January 10, 2017, Glenn was selected by his peers to serve as President of the El Paso County Board of Commissioners responsible for overseeing and implementing federal and state requirements impacting County financial operations for more than 600,000 residents.

Glenn has two adult daughters and is married to Jane Northrup Glenn.

Glenn is the owner of DLG Esquire Attorney at Law and his personal and professional affiliations and accomplishments include: Christian, New Life Church member, Former Vice Chairman El Paso County Republican Party, Republican Precinct Committee Leader, Member of the Colorado and El Paso County Bar Association, Personal Fitness and Nutrition Coach, Former President of the Douglass Valley Elementary Parent Teacher’s Organization and three-time Collegiate National Powerlifting Champion.

 

Commissioner Glenn can be reached at:

200 South Cascade Avenue, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2202

Phone: (719) 520-6411

Email: DarrylGlenn@elpasoco.com

Commissioner District 1: New Districts set in 2017

Mark Waller CommissionerMark Waller was sworn in as the District 2 Commissioner on July 19, 2016.

He is an Attorney in Colorado Springs. He served in the Colorado General Assembly from 2009 – 2014 as the Representative from House District 15, which encompasses portions of Northeastern Colorado Springs. Mark served as the House Minority Leader for the 2013 legislative session and the Assistant House Majority Leader for the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions. He has also served on the Committee on Judiciary, State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, Committee on Local Government, Executive Committee, Legislative Council, and the Committee on Legal Services.

He was born and raised in Macomb, Illinois. Mark received his undergraduate degree in political science from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1992. He then studied at the University of North Dakota where he received his Master’s Degree in Space Studies in 1998, followed by his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, College of Law in 2003.

Mark served on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1993 – 2000 and in the Air Force Reserves from 2001 – 2009. He deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mark formerly worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the 10th Judicial District in Pueblo, Colorado, and for the Fourth Judicial District in El Paso County, Colorado.

Mark has been married to his lovely wife Jennifer, who is a Lt. Col. In the United States Air Force, since 1994. They have two children Truman (1999) and Camille (2003).

 

Commissioner Waller can be reached at:

200 South Cascade Avenue, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2202

Phone: (719) 520-6412

Email: MarkWaller@ElPasoCo.com

Commissioner District 2: New Districts set in 2017

Stan VanderWerf CommissionerStan VanderWerf serves District 3 on the Board of County Commissioners. His district encompasses central and western El Paso County, including the Town of Green Mountain Falls, the City of Manitou Springs, the Towns of Palmer Lake and Monument, the Westside and downtown areas of Colorado Springs, and unincorporated western areas of the County including Ute Pass and areas south of Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

Commissioner VanderWerf is founder of several small businesses and previously served 28 years in the US Air Force. Stan has 35 years experience in scientific, program director, engineering, contracting, plant manager, and C-level positions in industry and public agencies. In these positions he engaged in research and development, manufacturing, and sustainment of a wide variety of products from space systems and airplanes to electronics. He is the founding CEO of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Colorado, Advanced Capitol LLC (aerospace defense consulting), and CEM-TEK USA (computer aided design and 3-D printing). He is active in the community providing award-winning expertise to many local and national non-profits. He has extensive public budgeting, public policy, and public disaster planning and recovery experience. Hobbies include mountain climbing, sking, and flying.

He is married to Betsy and has two children, Erik and Carolyn.

Among his professional achievements, VanderWerf received the Industry Cluster Team Award from the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the El Pomar Institute. He is a Bronze Star awardee for his service in Iraq and a Legion of Merit awardee for his military service. Stan has National Team Performance and National Leadership Awards from the Defense Contract Management Agency and is a former National Aviation Speed Record Holder from the National Aeronautic Association. Stan is a Distinguished Graduate from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces achieving a Masters Degree in public policy and budgeting. He is also a National Newsletter Editor Award winner and is a multiple award-winning author with over 100 published professional and community interest articles.

Commissioner VanderWerf has been assigned around the world having served in Korea, Iraq, and Germany. He has served in NORAD NORTHCOM at Peterson Air Force Base and at Schriever Air Force Base. He is a former director of the Air Force’s C-130 E/H program office and served in the acquisition directorate of Special Operations Command.

Liaison to: City Airport Advisory Committee, Community Services Block Grant Advisory Board, City/County Board of Review, Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC Defense Mission Task Force, Highway Advisory Commission, Park Advisory Board, PPACG Area Agency on Aging Regional Advisory Council, Placement Alternatives Commission.

Local Leadership Positions:
• Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments
• El Paso County Emergency Services Agency
• Chair, Pikes Peak Workforce Consortium Executive Committee
• Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority
• Colorado Springs Public Arts Commission
• Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau Partnership Committee
• Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control, and Greenway District Board

Commissioner VanderWerf can be reached at:
200 South Cascade Avenue, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2202
Phone: (719) 520-6413
Email: stanvanderwerf@elpasoco.com

Commissioner District 3: New Districts set in 2017

Longinos Gonzalez Jr CommissionerLonginos Gonzalez, Jr. serves District 4 on the Board of County Commissioners. His district encompasses southern and eastern El Paso County, including the Towns of Fountain, Security/Widefield, Hanover, Ellicot, Rush, Yoder and the south-southeast areas of Colorado Springs as well as the unincorporated area of Stratmoor Hills.

Graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1992, Longinos returned to Colorado Springs because of his love for the outdoors and beauty of the region, particularly the mountainous Front Range. He enjoys hiking in our areas’ great parks and trails and is an avid fisherman and tennis player.

His background includes a 20-year career as an Air Force Intelligence officer, retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 2012. In addition to a Political Science degree from the Academy, Longinos has a Master’s Degree in science education and was a teacher with Harrison School District 2 prior to his election.

Longinos is the county representative on the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control, Board of Health, and Housing Authority. He serves on numerous other boards and committees — including the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, Community Development Advisory Board, and City/County Drainage Board.

Longinos’ community involvement includes serving on the Colorado Springs Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee, and being a volunteer Sunday school teacher and lector at his church.

Commissioner Gonzalez can be reached at:
200 South Cascade Avenue, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2202

Phone: (719) 520-6414

Email: LonginosGonzalezJr@elpasoco.com

Commissioner District 4: New Districts set in 2017

Peggy Littleton CommissionerPeggy Littleton has served as Commissioner since January 2011 and represents the citizens of District 5, which covers most of the City of Colorado Springs. Prior to her public service as a Commissioner, she served on the Colorado State Board of Education for seven years, from February 2004-January 2011 representing the 5th Congressional District. Her involvement in education spans many years. She taught for 15 years in a variety of educational settings, including home-schooling her three children and serving as a faculty member at Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy and Colorado Springs Christian School. Peggy was also appointed as the director for Colorado’s GEAR UP grant, which was administered by the office of former Governor Bill Owens. Peggy has conducted professional staff development seminars for teachers nationwide. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the Regents University of New York (renamed Excelsior) and has earned numerous graduate hours in literacy and education.

Commissioner Littleton serves on many boards and commissions, including Gubernatorial appointments to both the Homeland Security and All-Hazards Advisory Council, the Coroners Training and Standards Board, the National Association of Counties (NACo) Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee, The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority Board of Directors, County Board of Retirement, 911 Authority Board, EPC Emergency Services Agency, the Pikes Peak Library Board as well as a liaison to the Offices of the Sheriff and Clerk and Recorder

She is focused on educating citizens on their responsibility to be personally prepared for incidents that might dictate a You’re On Your Own (YOYO) experience when first responders and the government might not be able to assist. In December 2011, she led the efforts to be the first county nationwide to adopt the NDAA resolution preserving Habeas Corpus and Civil Liberties.

She is proud of her three productive, taxpaying adult children and their families.

Commissioner Littleton can be reached at:

200 South Cascade Avenue, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2202

Phone: (719) 520-6415

Email: peggylittleton@elpasoco.com

Commissioner District 5: New Districts set in 2017

PDF District Maps

Commissioner District 1

Commissioner District 2

Commissioner District 3

Commissioner District 4

Commissioner District 5

 

Interactive Map

Community Map

Select “Map Layers” to add Commissioner Districts and other information.

Commissioners District Map June 2015

2018 Commissioner Board, Committee and Liaison Responsibilities

Darryl Glenn – District 1
Boards/Committees:
Colorado Springs Regional Joint Land Use Study: USAF Academy/Peterson AFB/Fort Carson (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Littleton) Primary
iLNSPIRE (Award Recognizing Local Youth Who Have Overcome Adversity)
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Waller) Primary
Liaison:
El Paso County Juvenile Community Review Board
Community Corrections Board

Mark Waller – District 2
Boards/Committees:
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Littleton and Commissioner VanderWerf)
Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) Board of Directors (Co-Liaison: Commissioner VanderWerf and Commissioner Gonzalez)
Pikes Peak Workforce Consortium Executive Committee (Co-Liaison: Commissioner VanderWerf)
Pikes Peak Rural Water Authority
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Glenn) Alternate
Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council (RETAC)
Liaison:
Citizen Review Panel
City/County Regional Building Committee
City/County Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Committee
Colorado State University (CSU) Extension Advisory Committee
El Paso County Fair & Events Complex Advisory Board
El Paso County Fairgrounds Corporation
Highway Advisory Commission (Co-Liaison: Commissioner VanderWerf)
Forestry & Weed Advisory Commission
Major Thoroughfare Task Force
Planning Commission

Stan VanderWerf – District 3
Boards/Committees:
City Airport Advisory Committee (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Littleton)
Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau Partnership Committee
Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control, and Greenway District Board (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Gonzalez) Alternate
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Waller and Commissioner Littleton)
Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) Board of Directors (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Waller and Commissioner Gonzalez)
Pikes Peak Region Art Commission
Pikes Peak Workforce Consortium Executive Committee (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Waller)
El Paso County Emergency Services Authority (ESA)
El Paso County Regional Resiliency Collaborative
Liaison:
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Advisory Board
City/County Board of Review
CS Chamber and EDC Defense Mission Task Force
Highway Advisory Commission (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Waller)
Park Advisory Board
Park Fee Advisory Committee
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging Regional Advisory Council
Placement Alternatives Commission

Longinos Gonzalez – District 4
Boards/Committees:
Board of Health (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Littleton)
City/County Pikes Peak Library District Board (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Littleton) Alternate
Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control, and Greenway District Board (Co-Liaison: Commissioner VanderWerf) Primary
Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) Board of Directors (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Waller and Commissioner VanderWerf)
Liaison:
Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB)
City/County Drainage Board
El Paso County Groundwater Quality Study Committee
El Paso County Pioneer Village Roads Public Improvement District (PID) Advisory Committee
Housing Authority
Widefield Water and Sanitation District Citizens Advisory Council
Pikes Peak Regional Water Authority Arkansas Basin Roundtable
Pikes Peak Regional Water Authority Metro Roundtable
Pikes Peak Regional Water Authority South Platte River Basin Roundtable Committee

Peggy Littleton – District 5
Boards/Committees:
Board of Health (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Gonzalez)
City Airport Advisory Committee (Co- Liaison: Commissioner VanderWerf)
Colorado Springs Regional Joint Land Use Study: USAF Academy/Peterson AFB/Fort Carson (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Glenn) Alternate
City/County Pikes Peak Library District Board (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Gonzalez) Primary
CS Chamber and EDC Military Affairs Council
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) (Co-Liaison: Commissioner Waller and Commissioner VanderWerf)
Liaison:
Board of Adjustment
Board of Retirement
Local Emergency Planning Committee
911 Emergency Response Center Authority Board

President/President Pro Tempore
Liaison:
Citizen Outreach Group
El Paso County Facilities Corporation
El Paso County Transportation Impact Fee Advisory Committee
Health Plan Trust Board
MPACT Coalition for Strategic Federal Action

Mission

El Paso County is a regional leader providing valued and necessary community services in the most cost-effective manner.

Vision

  • El Paso County is recognized as a national model and proven leader in providing excellent citizen services.
  • We reflect our community’s values and traditions when serving our citizens and guests.
  • We strive for and embrace partnerships and innovation in developing a sustainable and vibrant regional economy.
  • We deliver efficient, transparent and effective services.

Strategic Plan

Simply put, strategic planning is assessing our current efforts and charting a course to maintain and/or improve desired services for our citizens. The Strategic Plan helps us make decisions on allocating human and capital resources to achieve the identified goals, strategies, and objectives.

Strategic Plan Update Presentations

Strategic Plan PDF Document