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Larimer Commissioners Attend Annual CCI Conference - Wrap-Up

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Nov 28, 2012

Contact Information:

Board of County Commissioners, 970-498-70910
Linda Hoffmann, County Manager, 970-498-7004
Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150,

Jim Drendel - Human Ser. -Child & Family Services Mgr.


 Larimer County government officials wrapped-up their attendance at the annual Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) Winter Conference today in Colorado Springs. The three-day conference featured meetings on many issues affecting Colorado counties. The agenda covered it well according to Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson, “The conference was a great opportunity to network with other commissioners on common issues such as fire recovery, federal budget issues and health care reform impacts as well as new state issues like marijuana legalization.
Larimer County Board of Commissioners Chair Lew Gaiter III was one of three presenters for the session on “Disaster Recovery Efforts and Lessons Learned From the 2012 Fires.” Gaiter said audience questions focused on county responses and resource coordination, "There is a wealth of knowledge in disaster response amongst the Colorado commissioners. The conference gave us a chance to connect and share best practices as well as to be a resource for each other." Gaiter was also elected the new Front Range District representative for the new CCI Board.
Larimer County Manager Linda Hoffmann attended for the 1st time, “There is always value in collaborating with other communities and leaders who are managing the same issues we face in Larimer County. I gained not only some tid-bits to use immediately but also colleague contacts for the future.”
Larimer County’s Interim Chief Information Officer Mark Pfaffinger co-presented on “Cyber Security Concerns in Local Government.” Pfaffinger says the issues for attendees covered everything “from policy to protection to employees bringing their own technology devices to work.”

Larimer County Department of Human Services Child & Family Services Manager Jim Drendel was recognized for his leadership by CCI with a ‘Local-State Partnership Award’ for his efforts a statewide partnership with CSU to develop and validate new risk assessment tools for child welfare. This award recognizes people who have contributed to REAL Colorado, an effort whose letters stand for: Responsive, Efficient, Accountable, and Local-State Partnership.

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