Eric W. Blackhurst, Mayor Pro Tem
Term Expires: April 2014
Eric Blackhurst, a resident of Estes Park since 1986, is originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area where he graduated from college in 1967. At that time, he joined the United States Air Force and served in Texas, Florida, Michigan, and Thailand.
After serving for six years in the Air Force and attaining the rank of Captain, Eric left the military to attend graduate school at the University of Northern Colorado. There he earned his Masters Degree and Doctorate of Education specializing in working with emotionally disturbed and learning disabled children. He also holds a minor in special education administration.
During this time he met and married his wife, Suzanne Rosener, the editor of the Windsor Beacon and a 1968 graduate of Estes Park High School.
In 1978, Eric accepted a position at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Illinois where he spent the next 7-1/2 years preparing special education teachers and working with masters and doctoral students. During this time he acted as department chairman, received tenure, and was promoted to associate professor.
Eric returned with his family to Estes Park (after a brief stop in Longmont) in 1986. He has been in the real estate business since 1986 and has served in numerous leadership positions in the community including president of the Estes Park Swim Club; board member of the Estes Park Musical Festival; vice president of the Koral Heights Property Owners Association; president of Sunrise Rotary; president of the Estes Park Board of Realtors; and Northeast District Vice President for the Colorado Association of Realtors.
Eric serves as Chair of the Public Safety / Utilities / Public Works Committee.