Voters in the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District on Tuesday, May 6, returned three incumbents to the board of directors and elected a fourth member with intimate knowledge of the department.
Current board Vice President Jim Cox, with 65 votes, and current Treasurer Robert Sollenberger, with 61 votes, were re-elected to four-year terms. Lori Miller — the former chief of neighboring Red, White & Blue Fire District who was appointed in January to fill a vacancy — ran unopposed for the two-year balance of that term and received 69 votes.
The final seat, which has a four-year term, went to recently retired Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue assistant chief Kelly Greene, with 48 votes. Silverthorne resident Joseph Newhart received 26 votes.
“We had a great group of candidates vying for the three open seats, and we are pleased to have citizens who have the interest, time and talents to provide overall direction for the district,” said Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue chief Dave Parmley in a news release.
A total of 79 ballots were cast in the election, down from a little more than 100 during the 2010 board contest. Those elected will be sworn in at the next monthly board meeting on May 22. They will join holdover Larry Gilliland on the five-member policymaking and fiduciary body.
Board president Jerry “Doc” Peterson will step down after more than 50 years of participation and leadership with the department and its predecessors, dating to the infancy of emergency services in Summit County.