Mayor & Trustees

Andy Shaffer, Mayor

I moved to Rangely in the fall of 1990 to attend the CNCC Aviation program.  I spent two years in the program, graduating in 1992 with an Associates of Applied Science in Aviation Technology and achieving my CFI and CFII.  In the fall of the following year I took a position as an instructor in CNCC’s Aviation program.  I then spent several years working for Ducey’s Electric as an apprentice electrician.  In 1997 I went to work for Brenton Service Company where I earned my Journeyman Electrical License.  A year later, seeking opportunities to provide a better lifestyle for my family, I transitioned into the natural gas field.  Now 20 years later I still believe I made the right decision.  I have also been on the Rangely Fire Department for 25 years and currently serve as Chief.

I have been happily married to my wife Elaine since 1993.  We have two children; 19 year old Sidney, who attends Colorado Mesa University, and 10 year old Braxton, who proudly attends Rangely School District.

During my first year of college I could not wait to return to the flat lands I came from and get out of these rolling hills and mountains. Like many college students I spent my time on campus and did not venture down to town much.  The summer between my first and second years of college I chose to stay in Rangely and it was during this time that I realized what Rangely and the surrounding area was all about.  I have now been in Rangely for 28 years and I would not change a thing.  I am glad Elaine and I have been able to raise our family here.

I think Rangely is great as a small community and the lifestyle benefits associated with our size are a primary reason why so many of us like living here. Rangely is also an industry based community which has cyclical ups and downs throughout the years.  Because of this we need to focus on diversifying our community in order to help keep the economy going during industrial down times.  There is no easy solution to this, given our location.  But if we seek to capitalize on our unique BLM surroundings in order to promote Rangely we may find some success.  Improving our community also means keeping the employees that work in our area living in our area. We must accept the challenges facing Rangely and strive to show the world that Rangely is truly Way Outside of Ordinary.