Dillon welcomes new councilwoman, clerk | SummitDaily.com

Dillon welcomes new councilwoman, clerk

Dillon welcomed a new councilmember on Tuesday. Jen Barchers, left, is also assistant dean at Colorado Mountain College in Dillon. She was sworn in by new town clerk, Jo-Anne Tyson (right), who began working for town staff on Nov. 4.
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The town of Dillon swore in new councilmember Jen Barchers on Tuesday evening after former councilwoman Terry King moved back to Mississippi in October. Barchers, a Dillon resident and assistant dean at Colorado Mountain College, was nominated to fill the position following an interview on Nov. 17.

“I think we were all excited when Jen applied for the open council seat,” Mayor Kevin Burns said. “Her professional career with CMC, one of the cornerstones of our community, also gives her great insight into the dynamics of our local community.”

Barchers received her doctorate in human science from Saybrook University, and began her career with CMC in 2006. She also teaches anthropology, philosophy and humanities at the Dillon and Breckenridge campuses.

“I’m excited to work with her on town issues and appreciate the enthusiasm and strong expertise and background she brings to the table,” Burns added.

Dillon also welcomed a new staff member this month, as town clerk Jo-Anne Tyson joined on Nov. 4, shortly after longtime clerk Jan Thomas retired that week. Tyson served as Frisco’s town clerk for several years, and became certified as a master municipal clerk during that time.

“I resigned from the town to raise children. I also had my own business for several years,” Tyson said. “When this opened up, I thought it was a good opportunity to use my past experience.”

Both Barchers and recently appointed councilmember Brad Bailey will serve the remainder of their terms until April 2016, when they may choose to run for re-election.


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