The Commissioners were working hard on behalf of Mesa County this week at the summer convention of Colorado Counties, Inc. or CCI. The summer convention was held in Routt County/Steamboat Springs. CCI is an association made up of County Commissioners with representatives from most of Colorado. The CCI conventions afford an opportunity for Mesa County Commissioners to network with Commissioners statewide and to weigh in on matters of interest at a statewide, regional, and local level.
CCI has numerous committees devoted to special issues and our Commissioners have served on several of those committees. For instance, Commissioner Pugliese currently serves on the local government committee and the child welfare allocation committee. Commissioner Pugliese also just completed her term as President of CCI's Western District, which includes Mesa County.
Commissioner Justman is involved in issues such as agriculture and water, which are of great importance to the Western Slope and Mesa County; but are also important at the state level. Water continues to be a critical issue across the western United States and the Colorado River that flows through Mesa County is always central to discussions about water, its conservation and use. Commissioner Justman serves as the expert on water issues in Mesa County.
Commissioner McInnis usually prefers to work quietly among his fellow Commissioners, but his opinion and influence are avidly sought and highly regarded. It is clear from his interactions with fellow Commissioners around the state that his opinion and support are important on a wide rage of issues. Land use and conservation continue to be hot topics statewide, and Commissioner McInnis is a thought leader in this area.