The Mesa County Board of Commissioners has elected a new Chairman. He's Commissioner John Justman.
Below is the news release from Mesa County:
On Jan 8., 2018, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners voted Commissioner John Justman as the 2018 Chairman of the Board. Commissioner Justman succeeds Commissioner Scott McInnis, who served as Chairman in 2017.
Commissioner Justman was elected to office in January of 2013 and is currently serving his second term which expires January of 2021.
Commissioner Justman has lived in the Grand Valley for over fifty years and has owned and operated a successful farming business on K Road for 45 of those years. He and his wife, Frances, raised their two sons on their farm. The Justmans instilled in their children abiding respect for higher education and, after attending Fruita Monument High School, Anthony graduated from Stanford Law School, and Craig earned his Ph.D. at Harvard.
“I am honored to assume the role of Chairman for 2018,” Justman said. “It is a privilege to continue to serve the residents of Mesa County."
“After a downturn in the economy, it appears we are reaching a point where we are growing and recovering, Mesa County has finally reached the lowest unemployment rates since the recession,” Justman added. “There are a lot of positive signs in our community for an economic recovery in 2018."
The Board will continue to focus on prioritizing core government services and needed infrastructure while working within their budget to enhance economic development in Mesa County.
"New businesses are relocating and expanding in the Grand Valley. The tourist industry appears to be doing better, and the oil and gas industry is picking up again, which is the largest property taxpayer and provides well-paid jobs," Justman said. "Based on the past year, sales tax has increased from previous years. The national economy is recovering, and that will positively affect Mesa County's recovery as well."