Delta County's emergency manager, Jeff Wright, was recently awarded with the Colorado Emergency Manager "Rookie of the Year" award.
Wright took over his duties as the county's emergency manager in February of last year.
The award was officially recognized in a courthouse ceremony March 21 with the county commissioners and sheriff's personnel present.
Wright was nominated for the award by his colleagues of Colorado Emergency Management Association West Region.
In making the nomination, a number of Wright's activities and accomplishments were cited. They included establishing and equipping a new emergency management operations center for Delta County, organizing and staging an active shooter exercise here, and setting up a number of trainings and exercises on the regional level.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.