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In 2018, when I asked for your support to become a commissioner, I pledged to open up county government: engaging community members to increase access to economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for everyone in Larimer County. And that’s exactly what we’ve done.

Since I’ve been a Commissioner, Larimer County has:

​Increased Affordable Housing, Workforce Development and Childcare Options:

  • Dedicated federal and county funds to help homeowners purchase their mobile home parks and establish resident-owned communities;
  • Created and preserved affordable housing and worked to prevent homelessness;
  • Invested in childcare, early childhood learning and workforce development; and
  • Increased access to broadband in underserved areas of the county.

Maintained Fiscal Responsibility and Invested in County Staff:

  • Adopted a balanced annual budget, investing in services and capital improvements while maintaining healthy county General Fund reserves;
  • Invested in raises for county staff – including Sheriff’s Deputies – to help with retention and recruitment; and
  • Instituted an award-winning program for employing people with disabilities.

Increased Access to Mental Health Services and Promoted Alternatives to Incarceration

  • Directed county funds to community-based behavioral health organizations;
  • Started construction of our first-ever Behavioral Health Facility; and
  • Upgraded our facilities and expanded our alternatives to incarceration programs:
  • Community Corrections
  • Alternative Sentencing
  • Pretrial Services.

Strengthened County Resiliency to Deal with Natural Disasters

  • Responded to the Cameron Peak Fire and the Black Hollow Flash Flood;
  • Invested in ongoing recovery and disaster emergency preparedness to ensure public safety and resiliency; and
  • Opened a new Regional Emergency Operations Center in Johnstown for enhanced communications and responsiveness to disasters.

Ensured Clean Air and Water and Protected Natural Spaces

  • Promoted sustainable economic development while protecting our air, water, natural areas, and open spaces;
  • Launched our first-ever Climate Smart Initiative to address climate change and extreme weather events through mitigation and adaptation;
  • Adopted some of the state’s most effective oil and gas and 1041 regulations;
  • Promoted renewable energy, electric vehicles, and regional multi-modal transportation systems; and
  • Invested in outdoor recreation, trails, the preservation of working farms and ranches, and forest health initiatives.

Increased Transparency, Accountability and Access to County Business

  • Expanded access to county services and operations: broadcasting most county meetings and work sessions, creating a more user-friendly budget process, hosting community conversations, and being accessible;
  • Launched a new equity, diversity, and inclusion advisory board; and
  • Innovated and improved services for youth, families, and older adults.

Larimer County has been our home for 46 years. I have spent my entire adult life in public service because I am dedicated to bringing people together to solve the issues that impact us all.

I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, but now more than ever, we need to be kind to each other, listen, come together around our shared values, and complete the work in front of us.

With much gratitude for your past trust and support, I once again humbly ask for your help so we can continue protecting the public health, safety and welfare of our community together.

Thank you.

John Kefalas Reads to his Granddaughter