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Ross sworn in as commissioner

Posted on 02/19/2020
Ross sworn in as commissioner

Following appointment by the Weld County Council on February 17, Kevin Ross was officially sworn in this morning as Weld County’s newest commissioner. Chief Judge for the 19th Judicial District, James Hartmann, presided over the swearing-in ceremony in which Ross’ family, fellow county commissioners. and county staff attended.

“I’m honored to have been selected by the county council to serve the residents as a commissioner,” said Ross. “Serving the county through this position is important to me, and I look forward to not only participating in the local government process but also bringing my skills to the table as we all work on continuing to ensure Weld County remains the thriving community we all love.”

Ross is a 35+ year resident of Weld County who spent summers helping his grandparents operate and manage their family’s dry land wheat farm while growing up. He received a finance degree from the University of Wyoming and has successfully operated an insurance agency for the past sixteen years. No stranger to public service, Ross began serving on the Eaton Town Board in 2012 before being elected Mayor in 2016. He has also served on multiple boards including the Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Highway 85 Coalition and the I-25 Mayors Bullseye Coalition.

“Kevin is ready to hit the ground running,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman. “We’re excited to be back to a full board and continuing to work together for the residents of the county.”

Following the ceremony, the board unanimously agreed to have Ross shadow each of the commissioners during their weekly coordinator briefings so he can begin to learn the intricacies of each county department.

“Traditionally when commissioners are elected to their position in November, they attend orientation programs in December to begin the process of learning the roles and responsibilities of their new job,” said Commissioner Pro-Tem Steve Moreno. “Because Kevin is starting now, he’s missed that opportunity. So, we will work together to make sure his on-boarding process is as complete as possible by having him join each of us in our commissioner coordinator briefings.”

“I’m excited to be part of this board and to start learning about each department more in depth,” Ross said. Following a few months of attending coordinator briefings, the board will name Ross to a department coordinator role.

Ross replaces Sean Conway, who resigned his position last month, and will serve the remaining 10 months of Conway’s term in office. As Conway was term limited in 2020, Ross had already begun campaigning for the seat prior Conway’s resignation and will continue to pursue the At-Large position in the upcoming election.

Ross will transition out of his position as Mayor (his term is up in April). He will continue to own and oversee the operation of his insurance agency.