Board of County Commissioners

The Board of County Commissioners serves as the legislative and policy-setting body for county government, enacts countywide regulations and authorizes programs and all expenditures of county funds. It also acts as the Board of Social Services, Board of Health and Board of Equalization. Three commissioners are each elected from single-member districts to four-year staggered terms to represent the entire county. 

Joshua Blanchard

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Tamara Pogue

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Elisabeth Lawrence

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Contact the Commissioners

Elisabeth Lawrence
District 1
970-453-3411

Tamara Pogue
District 2
970-453-3412

Joshua Blanchard

District 3
970-453-3413

For written correspondence:
Board of County Commissioners
P.O. Box 68
Breckenridge, CO 80424


Meetings 

  
All meetings are open to the public, and citizens may offer comments on any issue or topic at Regular Meetings during Citizen Comments (limited to 3 minutes per person). Disclaimer: The Board may allow additional time at their discretion.

  • Regular Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m.*, with the exception of legal holidays and regularly scheduled off-site conferences
  • Work Sessions are held every Tuesday at 9:15 a.m.*
  • Work Session Materials Review Meetings are held on Fridays, before Work Session at 9:00 a.m.*
  • Commissioners’ Hearing Room 
    208 E. Lincoln Ave., 3rd Floor
    Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • For assistance or questions regarding special accommodations, accessibility or available audio/visual equipment, please contact 970-453-3403 as soon as possible, no later than 12 noon on the preceding Friday.
*Please visit the Agenda Center for meeting details

Agendas, Materials & Minutes


Agendas and materials are available prior to the meetings and are subject to change at any time. Minutes are available following approval.
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Strategic Plan

Each goal below should be evaluated or viewed through a lens of how it supports the County's sustainability, diversity, equity, and inclusivity and mental health support effort and values.

Vision Statement


Develop and implement policies and programs that effectively address and support and balance the affordability, sustainability, and livability of our dynamic and diverse community.

A. Fiscal Management: We are good stewards of the public’s tax dollars by ensuring the long-term financial stability of Summit County government.
  • Goal for 2021
    • Arrange a more formalized budget retreat including more involvement/interaction by department directors with the Senior Staff and BOCC.
    • Develop a citizen advisory committee to assist in the development of the County budget and to serve as budget ambassadors within the community.
    • Develop user friendly budget materials for the general public.
B. Economic Development/Resiliency: Attract and retain a diverse portfolio of businesses.
  • Goal for 2021
    • Initiate discussions with towns and community partners to identify a meaningful role and structure for Summit County Government in fostering economic diversity and resiliency.
C. Environmental Sustainability: We protect, manage, conserve, and restore our natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations.
  • Goal for 2021
    • Implement strategies and actions identified within the Climate Action Plan to continue our efforts to reach the community and County Government goals outlined within the Plan.
D. Quality of Life Amenities: We enjoy extraordinary benefits realized from the outdoors and the arts and serve as strong advocates for their continued development.
  • Goal for 2021
    • Any County-sponsored facility improvements or program offerings - we will ensure affordability and accessibility that support the comprehensive health and well-being of children, families, seniors, and individuals within our community. 
    • We will engage in a process with local governments, businesses, and non-profits to improve access to before and after school childcare and programs in underserved areas of the County.
E. Smart Growth: Develop and implement strategies to effectively address growth, sustainability, and livability of our dynamic community.
  • Goal for 2021
    • Develop updates to Countywide Comprehensive Plan, Master plans and Trailhead/Open Space plans to reflect a balance between the workforce, economy, affordability, and natural resources. Recognizing the increasing expectations on transit, road maintenance, broadband and outdoor recreation.
F. Community Affordability: Identify and act on opportunities to provide affordable workforce housing so that people can live and work in our community.
  • Goal for 2021
    • Partner with local towns, employers and developers on housing developments and deed restriction programs to increase the availability of workforce housing stock, with particular attention to affordable rental properties.
G. Community Engagement/Communication: Transparency is mission-critical to ensure our residents trust our approach to build a stronger Summit County. We will actively pursue community outreach and solicit input/feedback that enables us to realize our potential.
  • Goal for 2021
    • Establish a Strategic Communications Plan that will include process for public input at public meetings, identifying the role of various platforms (i.e., social media, print, video, website, etc.), proven ways to reach bi-lingual residents.
H. Infrastructure: Summit County has the necessary components for new construction and maintenance of all infrastructure.
  • Goal for 2021
    • Review Snow Removal plan and Road Maintenance projects – increase access to this information by the BOCC and general public.
    • Incorporate broadband infrastructure (conduit) into road projects whenever possible and appropriate.
    • Work with CDOT, Vail Resorts, other area employers and citizen groups to initiate a Highway 6 traffic and safety analysis.
    • Consider senior housing options, including the County Commons South Parcel property.
I. Efficient and Effective County Government: Promote collaboration, consolidation, and communication within our organization and among public agencies, nonprofit organizations, private-sector partners, and citizens to ensure the efficient delivery of high-quality, nonduplicative services to the community. Foster a positive work environment and an organizational culture that values employee contributions and encourages staff to innovate and lead within the community.
  • Goal for 2021
    • Conduct an After-Action Review (AAR) to examine lessons learned from COVID-19 response and recovery plan.
    • Develop a County Strategic Plan and utilize that document to develop department goals that support the higher-level Plan.

Recent BOCC Discussions


Check out recent discussions by the Board of County Commissioners on Summit County TV. Watch more Commissioner's Corner updates on the Summit County YouTube Channel as well as weekly Dish with the Commish Facebook Live updates on the Summit County Facebook page.

County Attorney's Office 


The County Attorney’s Office provides legal counsel and advice to the Board of County Commissioners and all County departments, divisions, regulatory boards and advisory boards, and the Resource Allocation Park/Landfill. The county attorney is not legal counsel to the general public and may not advise individual citizens.

Accessibility

For assistance in obtaining Summit County’s written or audio materials in other formats, or for questions regarding special accommodations or accessibility, call 970-453-3403.