It takes a real leader to step up when called, said city manager David Torgler. Charles Kettle is such an individual. A member of the Delta Police Department, Kettle was asked to serve as interim police chief when Robert Thomas resigned. He filled that role from August 2015 until early January, when Luke Fedler was named police chief.
He was recognized for his service at the Jan. 17 Delta City Council meeting. "On behalf of the City of Delta, I want to say publicly how much your service in our time of need was greatly appreciated. You are a valuable member of our staff and one of its leaders," Torgler said.
He and Mayor Ed Sisson presented Kettle with a plaque in recognition of his commitment "while protecting and serving the community of Delta."
Police chief Luke Fedler said Kettle is currently serving a two-week rotation as commander for the police department. Jesse Cox served in that role for the first two weeks of January. He has now traded places with Kettle and is working patrol as the day shift patrol supervisor. At the end of the month, Chief Fedler said he will decide who will be named commander of the Delta Police Department on a full-time basis.
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.