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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

El Paso Board of County Commissioners 2019The 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, Holly Williams
  • District 2, Mark Waller
  • District 3, Stan VanderWerf
  • District 4, Longinos Gonzalez Jr.
  • District 5, Cami Bremer
    (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.

Holly Williams 2019 Holly Williams serves District 1 on the Board of County Commissioners.  Her district encompasses northern El Paso County, including the Town of Monument and N/NE areas of Colorado Springs as well as the unincorporated areas of Northern El Paso County including Woodmoor and Black Forest.

Holly holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  Additionally, she is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

Holly served for two terms as the Public Trustee of El Paso County, an appointment by Governor Bill Owens.  She was elected by her peers to serve as President of the Colorado Public Trustee’s Association and successfully worked with the state legislature to pass needed changes in foreclosure law.

Holly served as an office manager/caseworker for Congressman Doug Lamborn, worked as a mortgage fraud analyst, and worked for the Environmental Division of El Paso County.

Holly strongly believes in and has lived a life of public service and dedication to our community. She has a strong record of working to improve our community, serving in various community groups, from Scouting and other youth groups to political involvement.  Holly has been an officer of the Sunrise Republican Women’s club and has served in numerous positions within the El Paso County Republican Party.

Holly moved to Colorado in 1992 where she and her husband Wayne raised their four children.  In her spare time, she is an accomplished pianist and frequently accompanies large congregations and local choirs.  She enjoys board games and traveling the State of Colorado with Wayne.  She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Holly took the oath of office for her first four-year term on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Commissioner Holly Williams can be reached at:

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

Phone: (719) 520-6411

Email: HollyWilliams@elpasoco.com

Commissioner District 1: New Districts set in 2017

Mark Waller 2019Mark 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 two children, Truman and Camille.

Mark took the oath of office for his first full four-year term on January 11, 2017.

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 2019Stan 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 took the oath of office for his first four-year term on January 11, 2017.

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 2019Longinos 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. 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 Board of Health, Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, and the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control District. He serves as liaison on numerous other boards and committees — including the Community Development Advisory Board, Pikes Peak Public Library District and City/County Drainage Board.

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

Longinos took the oath of office for his first four-year term on January 11, 2017.

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

Cami Bremer 2019

Cami Bremer was elected to the Board of County Commissioners District 5 seat in November 2018. District 5 encompasses the center portion of El Paso County, including most of the City of Colorado Springs.

Cami brings broad experience in government and media relations as well as healthcare and non-profit management to her role as a county commissioner. Cami has served as Regional Director for the American Heart Association, Provider & Community Relations Manager for Penrose Cancer Center, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Chamber of Commerce, and Communications Specialist for the City of Colorado Springs, where she was certified in federal emergency management communications.

Cami serves on the El Paso County Board of Public Health, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, and Not One More Child.  Cami also serves as Board of County Commissioners liaison to Pikes Peak Library District, El Paso County Housing Authority, Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Advisory Board.  She has a passion for Human Services and cost-effective policies that allows for serving those in need, while incentivizing long term family-centered solutions.   Cami also looks forward to collaborating across jurisdictions and organizations for a regional approach to   solving current community issues such as homelessness, affordable housing and workforce development.

Cami grew up in Georgia and attended the University of Georgia where she earned her Bachelors of Journalism in Public Relations. After moving to Colorado in 2002, she continued her education with an MBA in Marketing from UCCS.

Cami is married to Eli Bremer (USAFA ’00, OLY ’08) and they have a 4-year old son named Struthers. On any given weekend, Cami and her family can be found enjoying outdoor activities like hiking, biking, golfing, swimming, running and skiing.

Cami took the oath of office for her first term on Tuesday, January, 8 2019.

Commissioner Cami Bremer can be reached at:

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

Phone: (719) 520-6415

Email: CamiBremer@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

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Commissioners District Map June 2015

2019 Commissioner Board, Committee and Liaison Responsibilities

Holly Williams (District 1)

Boards/Committees (6) 
• Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Partnership Committee

• Colorado Springs Regional Joint Use Land Study: USAFA/ Peterson AFB/ Fort Carson (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Bremer)

• Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Bremer & Commissioner VanderWerf)

• Pikes Peak Rural Water Authority

• Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) Board of Directors (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Waller & Commissioner Gonzalez)

• El Paso County Regional Resiliency Collaborative
Liaison (5) 
• Colorado State University (CSU) Extension Advisory Committee (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Bremer)

• Highway Advisory Commission (Co-Liaison with Commissioner VanderWerf)

• Forestry & Weed Advisory Commission

• City/County Drainage Board

• Board of Adjustment

 

Mark Waller (District 2)

Boards/Committees (7) 
• City/County Regional Building Commission (Includes City/County Board of Review)

• Airport Advisory Commission (Co-Liaison with Commissioner VanderWerf)

• Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) Board of Directors (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Williams & Commissioner Gonzalez)

• iINSPIRE (Award Recognizing Local Youth Who Have Overcome Adversity)

• Regional Emergency Medical & Trauma Advisory Council (RETAC)

• Colorado Department of Human Services Child Welfare Allocations Committee

• Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (Co-Liaison with Commissioner VanderWerf)
Liaison (5) 
• Community Corrections Board

• City/County Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Committee

• El Paso County Fair & Events Complex Advisory Board

• El Paso County Fairgrounds Corporation

• Planning Commission

 

Stan VanderWerf (District 3)

Boards/Committees (7) 
• Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Waller)

• Airport Advisory Commission (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Waller)

• Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control, and Greenway District Board (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Gonzalez)

• Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Bremer & Commissioner Williams)

• Pikes Peak Workforce Consortium Executive Committee (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Gonzalez)

• Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center Advisory Board

• 2020 Census Board (Complete Count Committee)

Liaison (5) 
• Highway Advisory Commission (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Williams)

• Park Advisory Board (Park Fee Advisory Committee)

• Placement Alternatives Commission

• Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC Military Affairs Council

• El Paso County Board of Retirement (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Gonzalez)

 

Longinos Gonzalez, Jr. (District 4)

Boards/Committees (5) 
• Board of Health (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Bremer)

• City/County Pikes Peak Library District Board (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Bremer)

• Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control, and Greenway District Board (Co-Liaison with Commissioner VanderWerf)

• Pikes Peak Workforce Consortium Executive Committee (Co-Liaison with Commissioner VanderWerf)

• Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) Board of Directors (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Waller & Commissioner Williams)
Liaison (10)
• Citizen Review Panel

• Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB)

• El Paso County Groundwater Quality Study Committee

• El Paso County Pioneer Village Roads Public Improvement District (PID) Advisory Committee

• Local Emergency Planning Committee

• El Paso County Board of Retirement (Co-Liaison with Commissioner VanderWerf)

• 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

 

Cami Bremer (District 5)

Boards/Committees (6) 
• Public Art Commission of the Pikes Peak Region

• El Paso County Emergency Services Authority (ESA)

• Board of Health (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Gonzalez)

• Colorado Springs Regional Joint Land Use Study: USAFA/ Peterson AFB/ Fort Carson (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Williams)

• City/County Pikes Peak Library District Board (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Gonzalez)

• Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Williams & Commissioner VanderWerf)
Liaison (5) 
• El Paso County Juvenile Community Review Board

• Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Advisory Board

• Housing Authority

• 911 Emergency Response Center Authority Board

• Colorado State University (CSU) Extension Advisory Committee (Co-Liaison with Commissioner Williams)

 

Chair

Liaison (1) –

• Health Plan Trust Board

Chair/Vice-Chair

Liaison (3) –
• Citizen Outreach Group (COG)
• El Paso County Facilities Corporation
• El Paso County Transportation Impact Fee Advisory Committee

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

El Paso County News