Election 2006: Bill Wallace’s Bio
Ryan Summerlin October 2, 2006
I was born in California and lived there until ten when I moved with my family to Princeton, N.J. where I completed high school. I came to Boulder in 1965 to attend the University of Colorado but left in my junior year to join the Army. I served in the Army for three years as a paratrooper and was honorably discharged in 1971 as a sergeant. I went on to complete my college degree from the University of Denver with a major in math and a minor in education.
In 1974 I moved to Summit County to teach mathematics at the high school, a position I held until 1996 when I became a county commissioner. In addition to teaching all the math subjects, from basic math to calculus, I also taught finance and investing. I’ve also taught math at Colorado Mountain College. I was elected county commissioner in 1996 and am serving my third term. I have served on a number of state-wide allocation committees over the years, including the Rural Workforce Consortium, which funds our Workforce Centers, and the Work Allocation Committee, which provides temporary assistance for needy families. On both committees, I worked to ensure that rural Colorado counties receive their fair share of funding. I am currently chairman of the I-70 Corridor Coalition, an organization formed in 2004 to serve as a collective voice for the central mountain counties along I-70. Our goal is to develop a regionally preferred transportation plan for this corridor and we’ve come a long way in just two years. The Coalition includes nine counties, 25 towns and a number of private partners, and has been a strong and effective voice for those of us who live along the corridor. I am also treasurer for the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments and serve as treasurer for the local Optimist Club.