Dave Erickson steps into district manager role at Copper Mountain | SummitDaily.com

Dave Erickson steps into district manager role at Copper Mountain

JENNIFER HARPERsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkDave Erickson stepped into his new role as the Copper Metropolitan District manager on June 2.

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Dave Erickson accepted a big job by coming to Copper Mountain, but it was actually one tiny thing that initiated his move to the High Country – his grandson, Avery.”My wife was holding our little grandson and looked at me and said ‘We’re moving. We’re too far away,'” he said.Erickson is filling the district manager position at the Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District.

Elizabeth Black vacated the post on Feb. 25 to become the executive director of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority in Steamboat Springs. Erickson, his wife, Kay, and the couple’s dog, Riley, lived in Silverton prior to the Copper Mountain job offer. The couple’s three children, Jaime, Chris and Matthew, live in the Denver area.Erickson was most recently the town administrator of Silverton and is the former county administrator for Delta County and former city administrator for Ronan, Mont. He has served in planning positions in Lake County, Mont., and Spokane, Wash.He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in environmental biology and terrestrial ecology and a masters of public administration degree from the University of Colorado in Denver.

Copper Metro District board member Brad Leonard said Erickson was selected for his experience in dealing with local government and his background in planning and environmental studies.”I want to help the people of Copper solve issues they view as problems. I don’t have a preconceived notion of what needs to be done,” Erickson said. “I want to tackle the short-term goals identified by the community while keeping an eye on the long-term.” In his time away from the office, he enjoys hiking and reading. His favorite books are those that delve into the human psyche and its relationship to the environment.He and his wife also ski and play golf, although he claims not to be an expert at either sport.

Erickson said Copper is a community he and his wife came to cherish before there was much of a community here.He worked on a project in graduate school that brought him to Copper Mountain in the summer of 1971 – a time before the ski resort, before the tourists, before there had been much growth.Jennifer Harper can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at jharper@summitdaily.com.

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