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Police station committee applicants have wide range of experience

A Steamboat Springs Police vehicle leaves the current police station in June.
Scott Franz

Police station committee applicants

Bill Jameson: retired, former member of Urban Redevelopment Area Advisory Committee, patent attorney and pharmacist

Bob Dapper: Director of operations at Christy Sports

Charlie MacArthur: Vice president of operations at Native Excavating

Chris Ricks: Semi-retired, licensed general contractor

David Barnes: Realtor at Colorado Group Realty

Dennis Hensen: Campus supervisor at Steamboat Springs High School, former Steamboat Springs police officer with 30 years of law enforcement experience

Edward Miklus: Retired, former school superintendent in New Jersey

Gary Cogswell: Owner of Cogswell Construction

George Hresko:: Retired, former petroleum refinery manager

Jack Taylor: Retired, former Colorado state senator

Jeff LaRoche: Owner of Cantina and E3 Chophouse, former Steamboat Springs police officer

John Fielding: Retired, former construction manager

John Kerst: Vice president of Yampa Valley Bank

Judy Tremaine: Retired, former planning commissioner, court reporter, paralegal

Kemp Bohlen: CFO at GoSpacely LLC, former director of worldwide financial services for Hewlett Packard

Koye Carlstrom: Commercial construction project manager, home builder

Mark Robinson: School bus driver for the Steamboat Springs School District

Nancy Kramer: Program coordinator for Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism, member of design committee for Routt County Justice Center

Priscilla Jones: Attorney, Red Cross volunteer

Steve Caragol: Corporate real estate asset management, real estate development and finance

Steve Sehnert: CFO of H+L Architecture

Tom Leeson: Redevelopment program manager for the city of Fort Collins, former Steamboat Springs planning director

Tyler Goodman: Executive director of Bike Town USA, former assistant controller at One Steamboat Place

— A former state senator, two ex-cops, a school bus driver and a former city planning director are among the 23 community members wanting to help the city of Steamboat Springs build a new police station.

Other applicants include citizens with extensive experience in construction, financing and law.

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night will interview the diverse group of applicants and decide which seven should serve on the new police station committee that will help determine the scope of the station and the best place to build it. Financing options will also be analyzed.

Some committee applicants, like Steamboat Springs Planning Commissioner Charlie MacArthur and school bus driver Mark Robinson, are critical of the way the police station project has been handled in recent years. They want to serve to restore public confidence in the process.

“This project has been flawed from the start, with city staff leading the council and not the other way around,” MacArthur, the vice president of a local construction company, wrote in his application. “I commend council for pushing the process back to its origins and believe a citizen committee can successfully approach this subject from a needs-analysis on forward.”

Applicant Judy Tremaine, a former court reporter and paralegal, wrote in her application that the police department “needs and deserves workable and safe facilities for the community at large.”

As a member of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission that used to hold meetings in what is now the police station in the early 1990s, Tremaine said she knows firsthand how inadequate the current station is.

“Simply put, the space did not work then and does not work now,” she wrote.

Other applicants have already spent countless hours serving on community boards and initiatives in Steamboat.

John Kerst, vice president of Yampa Valley Bank, served on the board of trustees for Yampa Valley Medical Center and helped with the planning for the current hospital building.

He believes he could now help the city find the best site for a police station.

“I believe Steamboat Springs has an opportunity to relocate the police/public safety building to better serve this growing community,” Kerst wrote in his application. “At its current location, the current facility has served this community very well. With that said the community is growing and old town is not necessarily the best location.”

The police station committee applicant pool also includes two former Steamboat Springs Police Department officers, Jeff LaRoche and Dennis Hensen.

They know the limitations of the existing police station on Yampa Street and could draw from their own personal experiences to make recommendations for a station replacement.

“I have been a police officer, and I know what they need and do not need in a new station,” LaRoche, who now owns and operates two popular downtown restaurants, wrote in his application.

Council members were encouraged by the number of applications they received for the police station committee.

The council recently decided to create the committee after it was unable to reach a consensus on the best place to build the station.

“It’s great we had that many people interested,” Council President Bart Kounovsky said. “Now, we just want to make sure we seat seven strong, community-minded individuals.”

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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