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Linda Balough
Special to the DailyNate Emswiller, a graduate student from the University of Colorado in Denver, will spend the next two years interning with the town of Fairplay as part of his master's degree program in political science.
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FAIRPLAY – Fairplay residents may notice a new face around town hall.

Nate Emswiller, a graduate student from the University of Colorado in Denver, will spend the next two years learning about town government as an intern in Fairplay and earning his master’s degree in political science with a specialty in town administration.

The cost of his two-year internship will be shared by the town and by a $13,000 grant from the Department of Labor Administration.

Fairplay Mayor Tammy Quinn said the town received 15 resumes upon entering the CU internship program. They quickly narrowed the field to nine.

“One of the first questions I asked was, “Do you know where Fairplay is?'” said Quinn.

Emswiller, who lives in Littleton, had visited Fairplay as a child and was very interested in returning.

“I’ve only been here a short time, and I’m already learning a lot,” he said.

He attended a town board meeting and a planning board meeting last week and took copious notes.

“They were talking about things that had gone on before, and a lot went over my head this time,” he said.

He hopes to catch up quickly on what’s happening in Fairplay, so residents can expect to see him shadowing town workers and town attorney Chuck Piasano.

“He will spend about 50 percent of his time learning judicial matters, about 30 percent with the police department and about 20 percent with the clerk’s department,” said Quinn, adding that one of his first projects will be to research the procedures for annexation.

“We have the town garage, the ballfields and the town cemetery that are outside the town limits, we need to do something about that,” she said.

Emswiller expressed excitement about coming to Fairplay.

“There is so much to learn, and with a small town I can get a wide range of experience.”

On the weekends, Emswiller will return to Denver for his continuing classroom studies.

“It’ll be a pretty intense program,” he said.

– Linda Balough/Park County Correspondent


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