County Government Month

The Board of El Paso County Commissioners proclaimed April as National County Government Month in El Paso County. The Proclamation, on Thursday, April 12, was made in conjunction with the National Association of Counties (NACo) which represents county governments nationwide. The theme set by NACo for 2018 is “Serving the Underserved.”

Board President Darryl Glenn read the Proclamation into the record, noting that “the nation’s 3,069 counties, serve more than 300 million Americans with programs and services to create and sustain healthy, safe, vibrant and resilient communities. Counties are responsible for 45 percent of all public roadways and 40 percent of bridges, and county owned facilities including jails and courthouses, are critical to preserve public health, protect public safety, administer justice, assure fair and honest elections, manage the human services safety net, safeguard public records and much more.”

Representatives from various El Paso County Departments were in attendance Thursday to receive the Proclamation and share some of the work that their teams are doing during April and throughout 2018.

Tim Wolken, the County’s Director of Community Services, said, “We’ve done a good job of listening closely to our citizens and organizations and offering services and programs that they value versus trying to be all things to all people. We try to zero in on what’s needed in our county. We couldn’t do it without our citizens.”

Some El Paso County events and programs happening during County Government Month:

  • All of April … National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • April 5 … Updated County Website Launch
  • April 10 … Severe Summer Weather OEM Workshop
  • April 11 … Weather Spotter Training: OEM & Nat. Weather Service
  • April 14 … Clean Sweep: Household Hazardous Waste Event
  • April 14 … Well Water & Septic Workshop: Public Health & CSU Extension
  • April 18 … “Chosen” Child trafficking movie hosted by DHS
  • April 21 … Great American Cleanup
  • April 22-28 … Public Health Laboratory Week
  • April 26 … Ute Pass Wildfire Preparedness OEM Exercise

More events and programs happening leading up to the County Fair in July:

  • May 3 … Citizen Connect Launch at Commissioners Meeting
  • May 5 … Letter Rip: Community Document Shredding Event
  • May 5 … Ute Pass Wildland Fire Preparedness OEM Workshop
  • May 9, 12, 19 … El Paso County Citizens College
  • May 11-13 … Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival
  • May 12 … Wildland Fire Preparedness OEM Workshop
  • June 9 … Clean Sweep: Household Hazardous Waste Event
  • June 10 … Black Forest Fire 5th Anniversary Community Picnic
  • July 14-21 … El Paso County Fair

Meetings of the Board of County Commissioners can be viewed through live streaming at by scrolling down the main page and clicking on the Board of Commissioners link under “Offices, Departments & Affiliated Agencies.” Commissioners meetings are replayed on the El Paso County News and Information Channels Comcast Channel 59 and Century Link High Definition Channel 1089. Regularly scheduled BoCC meetings are held Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Hearing Room at Centennial Hall, 200 South Cascade Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs.