Silverthorne’s Groneman won’t run again |

Silverthorne’s Groneman won’t run again

SILVERTHORNE – After six years on the Silverthorne Town Council, Sheila Groneman is calling it quits – for now anyway.

The oft outspoken council member, who opposed the grocery store rezoning on the Smith Ranch, decided not to run for office again after recently discussing the upcoming April 6 election with her family.

“I’m still going to be very involved in the community,” Groneman said.

“Six years is a long time. It’s a personal decision for me to have more time for myself and my work now.

“I’m also a firm believer in term limits. It’s important to broaden the participation to other active community members and get their views on council.”

Groneman’s fellow council members, Karla Trippe and Steve Swanson, are campaigning to retain their seats.

So far there are four other challengers for the three seats: Bob Kieber, Jim Shaw, Carlos Abel and Vincent Lanuza.

“Sheila has done a great service to this town during her tenure,” Trippe said.

“I am proud of the many battles we’ve had where we were on different sides of an issue. She was always so gracious and positive, even when we disagreed. I’ll miss working with her.”

Councilmember Howard Hallman, who often shared similar views and votes with Groneman, said he will miss her ability to meld the varying council members’ views.

When asked about her potential political aspirations, Groneman said she is not going to run for county commissioner or state representative.

“People have asked me about that and I’m flattered. But let’s kill those rumors right now,” Groneman said. “I’m not ruling anything out in the longer term though.”

When asked to advise whoever takes her seat, Groneman said council members should recognize the importance of getting along and focusing on the town’s issues rather than the personalities of people involved.

Groneman said she remains interested in countywide issues, affordable housing, early education and assisted living.

She worked on increasing community involvement, bringing a skatepark to town, getting a new elementary school and securing retailers such as Target, Office Depot and Bighorn Ace Hardware and Bighorn Materials.

The move Groneman said she was most proud of was the hiring of town manager Kevin Batchelder.

By day, Groneman works at Head Start, the early education program for preschoolers.

She says she will be excited and proud to help open the new Silverthorne Elementary School next fall.

Christine McManus can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229 or at

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