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Kathi Meyer: Has skills to be part of way forward

Kathi Meyer

The first question I am asked is “Why are you running?” When I realized that we will have four new incoming council members in November, I felt that I needed to offer my experience and desire to serve the community.

Through the voting process, the community has an opportunity to change the way the city does business, and I have the leadership and team-building skills to be part of the new way forward.

During 15 years on the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, I have dealt with difficult and complex community issues including helping write the Community Development Code adopted in 2001 and updating the Steamboat Springs Area plan in 2004 and 2014. Planning is more than just reviewing individual development plans and includes looking at transportation impacts, fire and safety rules and public works concerns.

One of my greatest strengths, my financial management career, is a major job skill that I bring to the city council. I started as a bank teller at 18 years old and worked my way through college, often times needing two or three part-time jobs.

The combination of education and work experience helped me obtain career opportunities at well-known companies like US Bank and GE Capital. In my last senior management position, I was responsible for more than $1 billion in transactions annually, day-to-day management of a $2 billion loan portfolio, and my department was the key profit generator for the company.

My 25 years experience in the financial management field taught me fiscal discipline and the ability to understand financial complex structures. One of the key duties of a city council person is the annual review and oversight of the revenue and expenses of the city. I will treat your tax dollars with the same respect as my hard-earned dollars.

During my 19 years as a full-time Steamboat resident, I’ve been honored to serve on Planning Commission and various other city boards or commissions. I have been active in finding solutions to the never-ending challenge of community housing.

I served for seven years on the Board of the Regional Affordable Living Foundation, the predecessor to the Housing Authority, which was a partner in developing West End Village and acquired the Hillside Village Apartments. I was a founding member of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, which built the Fox Creek Condos, acquired the Fish Creek mobile home park and is partnering with the Overland Group to build the Elk River Apartments.

I have been the co-chair of many Nordic Combined World Cups and was chosen three years before the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics to serve as an International Ski Federation official in Park City during the Games. My other community involvement includes volunteering at the Yampa Valley Medical Center for the past three years and serving as president of the Routt County Habitat for Humanity.

I am a proud wife, mother and grandmother.

My skills and experience are valuable to this new council and the community. I’ve worked closely with a variety of people with various opinions and backgrounds, and I’ve learned that getting things done requires working well with others.

My top four goals are:

■ Ensuring a hardworking, knowledgeable city council that conducts its business in public.

■ Restoring trust and confidence in our police force.

■ Continuing to be a leader in community housing challenges.

■ Focusing on the fiscal discipline that emphasizes the core functions of local government.

Please, vote for me Nov. 3.

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