Delta County Board of Commissioners appointed Chalmer Swain as interim county coroner on Thursday, Sept. 1. Swain was sworn in by Judge Sandra Miller shortly after.
The Board of County Commissioners is pleased to have Chalmer as interim coroner and wants to sincerely thank Kevin Lucy for his many years of service to Delta County. Chalmer Swain comes to the job with a long history and working knowledge of Delta County as he has lived in the county since 1978. Chalmer grew up in the Uravan and Paradox area and holds an associate's degree from Colorado Mesa University. In addition, he has a mortuary science degree and has served as the chief deputy county coroner for several years. Swain previously served as the county coroner for 12 years and he sincerely looks forward to serving the county in the interim capacity. Chalmer and his wife Marge own Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory and are involved in numerous county service organizations. The Delta Board of County Commissioners looks forward to working with Chalmer Swain.
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.