DCED director tapped for new state position

By Pat Sunderland


This week, Delta County Economic Development (DCED) announced "with great regret" the resignation of Trish Thibodo as executive director.

"DCED appreciates the leadership Trish has brought to Delta County and the many projects DCED has been involved with," John Gavan, DCED president, said in a press release. "Trish has accepted a newly created position with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) as the Rural Response, Recovery and Resiliency (4R) manager. This new position creates a coordinated response of state, federal and other resources for Colorado rural communities to help them recover from industry or significant job loss and create more resilient economies."

Caryn Gibson, superintendent of schools for Delta County Joint School District #50, noted the role Thibodo has played to get Delta County moving forward again.

"Her positive energy and understanding of economic development has helped lead our school district in the ENGAGE project," Gibson said. "The school district would like to thank Trish for her dedication and support of the many projects in the Delta County School District."

Thibodo has also worked closely with the City of Delta on several projects related to economic development.

"It has been a pleasure working with Trish," said city manager David Torgler. "Her enthusiasm and her active participation, her desire to bring people together and to work on economic development activities that benefit Delta County, has been a wonderful experience. In her new role, Trish will continue to be of great value to this community and I look forward to working with her."

Thibodo starts with DOLA the week of Oct. 9.

"I've been honored to serve as DCED executive director and will greatly miss working closely with the DCED board and community partners, although I know in this new position I can continue to support the growth of Delta County. DCED is a leading change in Delta County," she said.

DCED is in the process of hiring a new executive director to take DCED and Delta County to the next level. Visit www.deltacountyed.org for more information.