Board of Directors
The Board implements the direction and establishes the structure of the District and strategically plans for the future. The board members hold the District accountable on behalf of the community and demand a high standard of wastewater collection and treatment service. Additionally, the board members must work alongside other various community leaders and boards to meet common community goals. The Board is tasked with governance and has the authority to manage, control, and supervise all business affairs of the District.It is important our community know who is serving the District in a governance role because the Directors are also leaders in the community. At Upper Thompson Sanitation District our goal is to nurture a culture of participation and continuing education and we encourage the community to attend our board meetings, tour the facilities, and familiarize themselves with your local asset.
Board meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. at 2196 Mall Road in Estes Park Please join us!
Jack has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a 36-year electric utility background, retiring in 2000 as Vice President of Operations from FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania Power operating company. He and wife, Jacquelyn, moved to Estes Park in 2003.
Jack says, “Although my background was primarily in the electric utility field, all public service utilities share the same challenges. For UTSD, these include:
- Operating and maintaining an expensive, complex, and continuously aging plant and collection system infrastructure;
- Planning for additions and modifications to that infrastructure to be in a position to both serve a growing customer base, and meet the requirements of an ever changing regulatory environment in the most economically feasible manner;
- Establishing a long-term financial plan to fund timely implementation of plant and collection system infrastructure additions and modifications, while providing safe, reliable customer service at the lowest possible cost;
- Hiring, developing, and retaining a highly competent staff/workforce, and providing that workforce with the training, tools, and support they need to accomplish the required work. This allows UTSD to offer efficient, cost effective wastewater collection and treatment service to the Estes Valley.
Ron brings a wealth of experience to the board, having worked for UTSD for 23 years beginning in 1979. Ron started his career at the District as the Lines Superintendent and was promoted to District Manager in 1990. Ron retired from UTSD in 2002 and began his service on the board in 2010.
Chris was elected to the Board in 2008 and has served three terms. Chris is a long time Estes Park resident and a graduate of Estes Park High School. He owned and operated a successful excavating business for 17 years, and is now the Water Superintendant for the Town of Estes Park in charge of operations of the Town’s two water treatment plants. Chris comments, “As a board member, I would like to see one new sanitation authority formed from the two districts that exist today. This would provide immense value to the Estes Valley as both sanitation districts are faced with the daunting challenge of maintaining aging infrastructure and increasing regulation. I feel delaying consolidation results in increased debt and duplication of projects if we continue to operate separately.”
Kent holds a Bachelor of Science degree in history and education and a Juris Doctor degree. Kent’s professional career was with the FBI serving as a special agent, legal advisor, technical advisor, and fitness advisor. He moved to Estes Park in 2003 and has served on the UTSD board of directors since 2012. Kent currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Special District Association.
Mike is a long time resident of Estes Park and graduated from Estes Park High School. He has successfully owned and operated an excavating company in Estes Park for 29 years. In 2008 Mike was elected to the Board and served until 2011. He was reappointed to the Board in October 2015. Always a generous community member, Mr. Kearney provided notable excavating services to the Estes Valley in the aftermath of the 2013 flood.