Press release: Lake Dillon Fire holds elections for Board of Directors


24 April 2014

Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer

Office: (970) 262-5209



Lake Dillon Fire holds elections for Board of Directors

The Lake Dillon Fire Protection District will hold elections for four seats on its Board of Directions on May 6. Four candidates — Jim Cox, Kelly Greene, Joseph Newhart and Robert Sollenberger — are running for three available seats for four-year terms. One candidate, Lori Miller, is running for a seat with a two-year term. Eligible voters may cast ballots at Lake Dillon Fire-Recue Station 10, 401 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne; LDFR Station 12 at 0434 Summit Drive in Summit Cove; and the Frisco Town Hall, 1 Main Street, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on election day. Early voting is available at Station 10 in Silverthorne from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays now through May 5.

The candidates have submitted the following statements in support of their candidacy.  

Jim Cox (incumbent):

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I am Jim Cox and I am running for re-election to the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District Board of Directors. During my current term as a Lake Dillon Fire Protection District Board member I have served as Board Treasurer and Vice President.  I also serve as the Board’s representative to the Summit County Wild Fire Council, of which I am a founding member. In addition I have served on numerous boards in the past, including the Snake River Fire Protection District and the combined Snake River Fire and Lake Dillon Fire Board during the transition period leading up to their merger. I have also served on several HOA boards and currently am a member of the Summit Wildfire Council, the Snake River Sewer Fund Citizens Advisory Committee, and the Lake Dillon Fire Rescue Fire Corps group.  I am also a Deputy Coroner with the Summit County Office of the Coroner as well as an active volunteer with the U. S. Forest Service, the Summit Foundation, the Lake Dillon Theatre, the Summit Historical Society and at various events throughout Summit County. Seasonally, I volunteer with the Keystone Resort Guest Services as a mountain tour guide. My wife and I have received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Summit Foundation. I reside in Summit Cove with my wife and two cats. We have been full time, year round residents and homeowners for the past eleven years, and part-time residents and homeowners for 15-plus years prior to that. My concerns are that the District continue to provide for the needs of our firefighters and support personnel while keeping within the District’s budget and providing the District with the best possible service. In addition, I feel that the District should continue to explore possible combinations and/or mergers with other districts or entities that would provide mutual benefit to the District while realizing costs savings and efficiencies without affecting service levels or personnel. As I have a history with both the Snake River Fire Protection District and the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District, I feel that I have the experience and qualifications to continue as a Board member of the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District. As a current Board member of District, I am already aware of many of the issues and concerns before the District. Please consider re-electing me, Jim Cox, to the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District Board of Directors.

Kelly Green:

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My name is Kelly Greene and I am running for a seat on the board of the Lake Dillon FIre Protection District . I moved to Summit County almost 40 years ago, and in that time I have lived and worked within the boundaries of Lake Dillon Fire Protection District. I worked for the Fire District for many years and recently retired. Over my 30 plus years with Lake Dillon I have been deeply involved with fire district budgeting and Fire/EMS strategic planning and change implementation. I have a deep passion for the emergency services in Summit County and I believe I have the knowledge, the energy, and the commitment to help guide the fire district into the future. If elected, I would be honored to represent the tax payers of the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District by serving with integrity and never taking the responsibility lightly.

Lori Miller (incumbent):

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My name is Lori Miller and I am currently serving as an appointed Director on the board of the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District (LDFPD). I am a permanent resident in the LDFPD, living in the Mesa Cortina area since 2004.  I have owned property in the Wildernest area and have been a regular visitor since 1988. My background includes a fire service career spanning nearly 28 years, beginning with the City of Boulder Fire Department in 1985 and ending as the Fire Chief for the Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District in December 2012. I hold an Associates in Fire Science, a Bachelors in Education and a Chief Fire Officer designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing.  Serving as an advisory board member for Colorado Mountain College Fire Science program, during the last four years, I have gained valuable experience assisting with setting direction and goals for the program and evaluating its effectiveness. I believe my knowledge and experience in budgeting, international accreditation, wildfire planning, public education and fire fighter safety will lend itself positively to being an effective an board of director.  As a tax payer and former fire chief, I am acutely aware of the fiscal responsibilities a fire district has to its citizens and guests.

Joseph Newhart:

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I believe that I am well qualified to serve on the Board due to my prior experience with fire department management. From 1988 until 1994, I served as a volunteer firefighter with a suburban fire department in Texas. I, also, served as the building committee chairman overseeing the construction of three new fire stations. I was a member of the board from 1991 until 1994 and was president of the board in 1993-1994. I have been a homeowner in the county for 10 years and a full-time resident for 2 years. I want to utilize my emergency service and management skills and to serve the community as a Board member. In addition, my professional career included serving as a naval officer and as an executive in the petroleum industry. I served as Damage Control Officer in the U.S. Navy from 1969 through 1970 where my duties included firefighting training of the ships crew. I have a B.S. and M.S. in geology and worked for 31 years with a major petroleum company. Over 25 years of my experience was in exploration and production management in both domestic and international assignments which included budgeting, stewardship and strategic planning. 

Robert Sollenberger (incumbent):


I am a retired U.S. Navy Captain who moved to Colorado in 2007 to become a year-round resident living in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Silverthorne. My major volunteer activities since retiring have included being a firefighter and paramedic in Virginia, followed in Colorado by joining the Summit County Rescue Group, serving on my HOA Board of Directors and the Silverthorne Police Department Citizens Advisory Committee, and completing an initial four-year term on the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District (LDFPD) Board of Directors. I have extensive knowledge of the day-to-day operations of Lake Dillon Fire and an in-depth understanding of the issues involved in continuing to provide the citizens of the LDFPD with the very best in emergency fire and rescue services. Of the major issues facing the District in the next four years, the possible merging of the Summit County Ambulance Service with Lake Dillon Fire and Red, White and Blue Fire is of particular immediate concern. Combining my previous Fire and EMS background with my experience on the LDFPD Board, I am well-qualified to ensure that every reasonable option is carefully considered, with the goal of pursuing the best course of action to provide the citizens of the District with the highest possible level of emergency Fire, Rescue and EMS services that they have rightfully come to expect.



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