Hayden’s newest town council member seeks to balance growth with town’s ranching heritage
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Hayden Town Council member Emily Meek participated in her first meeting this week.
“I’m learning a lot still. I expect that, this first month, I’ll be getting my footing,” she said of the meeting.
Meek was appointed in December to fill a position vacated by Charles Forrest, who recently moved to Grand Junction. Meek’s term began on Jan. 1 and will end in November 2020.
The Hayden Town Council unanimously approved Meeks’ appointment. Four candidates applied and were eligible for the position under town code.
Meek said she’s glad to work with the town council and town manager as Hayden makes improvements to Dry Creek Park and pursues other town beautification projects, but she’s most excited to be involved in navigating the “inevitable growth that Hayden is going to be going through.” She wants to balance that growth with Hayden’s identity as a rural ranching community.
“We need to be able to bring growth and that history forward, together,” she said.
Meek grew up in Routt County, at different points living in Hayden, Toponas, Stagecoach and Clark. She worked as a certified public accountant on the Front Range before returning to the Yampa Valley to be closer to her family in 2012. In 2016, she and her husband moved to Hayden. She now works as an accounting supervisor at Yampa Valley Electric Association.
She said she sought the position on town council because she wanted to be involved in the community in some way.
“I didn’t really think about this way until I saw the opening become available,” she said. “I just felt that, with my background as a CPA, I could really offer the town a good financial perspective.”
It’s Meek’s first foray into public service, though she said she’s done pro-bono financial consulting with local nonprofits and has previously served on the financial review committee for the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.
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