DENVER — Tuesday, June 6, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Air Quality Control Commission, Independent Ethics Commission, State Medical Assistance and Services Advisory Council, Mined Land Reclamation Board, Colorado Natural Areas Council, Private Occupational School Board, Supreme Court Nominating Commission and Board of Veterans' Affairs.

The Air Quality Control Commission develops and maintains a comprehensive program for the prevention and control of air pollution in Colorado. The major goal of this program is to meet national ambient air quality standards.

For a term expiring Jan. 31, 2020:

  • Megan Elyse Garvey of Denver, to serve as a person with appropriate scientific and technical experience, and occasioned by the resignation of Jeffrey Todd Mitchell of Aspen, appointed.

The Independent Ethics Commission ("IEC") is charged with the implementation of Article XXIX of the Colorado Constitution. The purpose of the IEC is to give advice and guidance on ethics issues arising under Article 29 of the Colorado Constitution and any other standards of conduct or reporting requirements as provided by law, and to hear complaints, issue findings and assess penalties and sanctions where appropriate.

The Commission has jurisdiction over all State executive and legislative branch elected officials and employees, and local officials and employees, unless the county or municipality is a home-rule entity with its own ethics code. The Commission does not have jurisdiction over judges or employees of the judicial branch.

Effective June 30, 2017 for a term expiring July 1, 2021:

  • Gary Michael Reiff of Englewood, appointed.

The State Medical Assistance and Services Advisory Council assists the Dept. of Health Care Policy and Financing in the preparation and implementation of a comprehensive medical plan for low-income families.

For a term expiring Nov. 11, 2018:

  • William Ernesto Irizarry, Jr., PharmD of Denver, a pharmacist licensed in the state, and occasioned by the resignation of Daniel Scales of Denver, appointed.

The Mined Land Reclamation Board meets to carry on a continuing review of the problems of mining and land reclamation in Colorado.

For a term expiring March 1, 2020:

  • Lauren Duncan, MS of Littleton, to serve as an individual with substantial experience in conservation, and occasioned by the resignation of Randolph Craig Fischer of Fort Collins, appointed.

The Colorado Natural Areas Council advises the Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources on the administration of the Colorado Natural Areas Program and approves the registration and designation of natural areas by Department of Natural Resources.

Effective June 30, 2017, for a term expiring June 30, 2021:

  • Dina Anne Clark of Denver, to serve as a member with interest in the preservation of natural areas, appointed.

The Private Occupational School Board advises on standards for educational services in private occupational schools. The Board also grants accreditation to schools that meet the standards established by the Board.

For a term expiring July 1, 2018:

  • Abbas Richard Behbehani of Arvada, to serve as a representative of the general public and who is employed by a lending institution located in Colorado and is familiar with the Colorado college access network, and occasioned by the resignation of Joseph James Wolf of Arvada, appointed.

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission recommends candidates to serve as judges for the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. The chief justice of the Supreme Court chairs the commission and is a non-voting member. This commission includes one citizen admitted to practice law in Colorado and one citizen not admitted to practice law residing in each of the state’s seven congressional districts, and one additional citizen not admitted to practice law in Colorado.

Commission members serve six year terms. Non-attorneys are appointed by the Governor. Attorneys are appointed by the joint action of the Governor, Attorney General and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

For a term expiring Dec. 31, 2022:

  • Daniel Ramos, Denver, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Democrat from the First Congressional District, appointed.

The Colorado Board of Veterans' Affairs studies the problems facing veterans and makes recommendations to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Division of Veterans’ Affairs, concerning programs needed to assist veterans.

Effective June 30, 2017 for terms expiring June 30, 2021:

  • Lacey Golonka of Castle Rock, an Unaffiliated and a veteran who has been honorably released or separated from the Armed Forces of the United States, appointed;
  • Bennie Jack Rudder of Alamosa, to serve as an Unaffiliated and a veteran who has been honorably released or separated from the Armed Forces of the United States, reappointed.

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