The Board of County Commissioners on Monday, Aug. 15, officially confirmed Karen Koenemann as the county's new public health director.
She steps into the role long held by Bonnie Koehler who retired from the post earlier this year.
Koenemann comes to Delta County from public health work with Eagle County.
Commissioners were in receipt of a confirmation letter from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment attesting that Koenemann meets qualification requirements for her new position as established by the CDPHE.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.