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Delta County's local government designee (LGD) for oil and gas regulation issues, Bruce Bertram, has retired from the post.

At the Board of County Commissioners' meeting on Monday he received compliments and thanks for his years of service to the county.

Commissioner Doug Atchley said, "You have served the county so well, I just want to say thank you for all of your time and energy and expertise. I can't say in words how much the county appreciates you."

Commissioner Mark Roeber said, "We sincerely appreciate Bruce's service to the county. He leaves some big shoes to fill. He has represented Delta County extremely well and his views are respected [around the state]."

Commissioner Don Suppes said, "I second Commissioner Roeber's appreciation for Bruce's service. Since Delta County started [dealing with oil and gas issues] 20 years he has led us to the forefront in the state with local regulations. He has been a pioneer in the process and he will be missed greatly."

Suppes, speaking to Bertram, added, "You are held in high regard by both sides. I applaud you on an incredible tough task to accomplish."

Former county administrator Susan Hansen recalled years of working with Bertram through some changing times when he served as the landfill manager. "We went from having a county dump to a having [a state regulated] landfill," a big change that was of interest to many county residents. Hansen noted that Bertram's professionalism as oil and gas LGD "and his interface with the citizens was wonderful."

The Conservation Center's director Alex Johnson said, "Thanks for helping people understand [complex issues], and a thank you for all your service."

Bertram submitted a letter stating his appreciation for people he has worked with over the years. In retirement, he plans to do some traveling with his wife, Myrna.

The commissioners on Monday also appointed Bertram's replacement. He is Tony Vervloet, a 30-year veteran of the oil and gas industry who served as temporary county LGD during a summer when Bertram was on a leave of absence.

Commissioner Mark Roeber recused himself from the vote on Vervloet because of a family relationship; they are brothers-in-law.

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