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Weld County Council

The Weld County Council is charged with reviewing all aspects of County government and to make periodic written reports to the people. The Council invites Weld County residents and employees to present their comments, ideas, or concerns regarding Weld County government for the Council to review.

To learn more about the specific role and function of the County Council, click here to visit their main website.

Brett Abernathy

 

District 1
Term ends: 12/31/2020
email: countycouncil@weldgov.com
Phone: (970) 400-4780

AbernathyBrett Abernathy, District 1 County Council
President, is a native of Colorado and Weld County.  Having lived in the Fort Lupton, Del Camino and Windsor areas of the county, he is experienced and familiar with the different concerns and challenges the governing of a large county entails. 

As a 1990 graduate of Windsor High, and a 1994 graduate of Colorado State University with a BS in agricultural business, Brett spent five years as a research technician for the university in row crops as well as 1.5 years in the dry bean industry in eastern Colorado.  He also served on the Phillips County Fair Board while working in the Holyoke area.

Retiring as Chairman of the Colorado Federation of Young Republicans in December of 2012, Brett has moved on to hold the position as County Councilman for District 1 having been elected in November 2012. 

Brett was elected by fellow Weld County Republican Party members to represent the county for the next two years as a Bonus member to the State Republican Central Committee.

Brett has owned and operated Western Skies Construction based in Windsor for twelve years and has completed many projects in the northern Colorado and southern Wyoming areas.

Brett resides in rural Weld County in the Gill/Galeton area.

Tonya L. Van Beber

At-Large
Term ends: 12/31/2022
email: countycouncil@weldgov.com
Phone: (970) 400-4780

Tonya VaTonya Van Bebern Beber, Weld County Council At-Large, is a third generation native of Colorado and Weld County.  Living in the Eaton, Evans and Greeley areas of the county, she has experienced and is familiar with the various concerns and challenges from one of the largest and fastest growing counties in the state.

As a 1989 graduate of Eaton High School, Tonya received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Social Sciences/Psychology. Tonya then spent the next 10 years at the Greeley Tribune as a District Manager and as the Newspapers in Education Coordinator/Marketing Manager. From there she owned and published two direct mail newspapers in Weld and Larimer counties. She has been teaching World, American History, Leadership and 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens at University Schools for the last 17 years in addition to educationally consulting with schools around the nation. Tonya most recently received her Master’s Degree in 2013 in Educational Leadership from Regis University in Denver.

As a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies in 2018 and an involved community member about Weld County governmental practices and decisions, Tonya moved on to hold a position as County Council At-Large, having been elected in November 2018.

Tonya has volunteered with various community organizations and schools as well as political groups that focus on America’s founding principles and how they can be applied to the challenges that communities face today. As a Policy Circle Moderator, she is most recently encouraging women to engage in discussions in their communities about the most pressing issues of the day.

Tonya and her husband Jeff have owned and operated Quality Excavating, based in Eaton, for the last 15 years and School Success Systems, an educational consulting company, for the last 10 years.

Tonya currently resides in rural Weld County in the Eaton/Severance area.



Nancy Teksten

District 2
Term ends: 12/31/2022
email: countycouncil@weldgov.com
Phone: (970) 400-4780

TekstenNancy Teksten, District 2 County Councilwoman, was born in southern Minnesota and attended St. Benedict/ St John’s University. She married her husband, Steve, and together they farmed near Odin, MN for 14 years prior to coming to Greeley in 1983. They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

 

Nancy’s career in marketing and public relations spanned over 25 years  with 13 years as the Director of Promotion and Grower Relations  for the National Onion Association and 9 years as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Centennial Bank of the West. She has previously served on the County Council for one term.

She is best known in Greeley for her volunteer efforts. Teksten was honored as an Outstanding Women of Weld County. She has served on over 40 committees and boards including United Way chair, President of The Rotary Club of Greeley, UNC Performing and Visual Arts Board chair, Greeley Chamber of Commerce, Aims Community College Foundation Board of Directors, School District 6 Mill Level Override Executive Committee, a Founding Board Member of both Women 2 Women and The Woman’s Fund Serving Greeley and Weld County. During her term as Rotary President the Poudre Learning Center became a reality, and in 2006 she was recognized as United Way of Weld County’s Volunteer of the Year. She is currently on the United Way Board and their Exec. Committee and Chair of the Guadalupe Shelter Non-Event Gala.


James Welch

District 3
Term ends: 12/31/2022
email: countycouncil@weldgov.com
Phone: (970) 400-4780

James Welch

James Welch, District 3 County Councilman, is a fourth generation resident of Weld County and resides south of Kersey.  James graduated from University High School in 1990 and from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1993 with degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics.  He worked 3 years in the pharmaceutical industry as a research chemist identifying and developing potential therapeutic compounds.  In 1997 James joined Hach Company as a research chemist developing chemical methods for measuring compounds in water.  James continues to work at Hach and has held a variety of roles including Regulatory Affairs Coordinator, Trainer, Technical Support Manager and currently works as a Customer Support Manager supporting water professionals around the globe.

Believing that serving your local community is not only a responsibility but an honor, he has served in a variety of roles.  James has been committed to the youth of the community by serving as a member of the Platte Valley RE-7 school board, school finance committee and has served for 14 years on the school districts accountability committee.  He has also served as a youth mentor for the Jobs of Hope program in Greeley.  James has also been committed to serving his larger community by serving on the Weld County Planning Commission from 2004 through 2007 and recently served in 2018 on the Weld County Ad-Hoc Charter Review Committee which recommended 9 proposed amendments to the County Charter, all of which were successfully passed by the voters.


Gene Stille

At-Large
Term ends: 12/31/2020
email: countycouncil@weldgov.com
Phone: (970) 400-4780

Gene Stille

 Gene Stille, Representative At-Large County Councilman, is a longtime Colorado resident who has been an active member of the community.
Gene lives in Eaton with his wife, Dianne. He graduated from Loveland High School and attended several military schools.
Gene has been on the Weld County Executive Committee

as a District Captain since 2003; has run for State Representative and previously served on the County Council. He is the president of the Galeton Fire Protection District Board; president of the North Weld County Water District; sits on the Weld County Planning Commission and is on the advisory committee for The Genesis Project (an organization to help single moms and their kids).