Chris Johnson will fill the vacant Crawford Town Council seat, vacated earlier this year by the resignation of Tammy Broughton. He was approved unanimously by the current council.
Johnson wrote a letter of interest to the town, and in it he cited "no specific agenda," but wrote he hopes to keep the best interest of the town and the community in his focus. "It is my desire to perhaps help bridge the gap between different factions in the town," he added. "I believe that it is my turn to step up and serve my community."
He is a lifelong North Forker and has lived in Crawford almost 24 years. He formerly served as the pastor of the Crawford Friends Church and has worked at West Elk Mine. He is now self-employed. He has a degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado.
He will be officially sworn in at the March 1 town council meeting and will begin his duties that night.
At their March 5 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes made two appointments to the county planning commission. Steve Shea was reappointed for a three-year term.