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PO Box 1190
Fort Collins, CO 80522

Commissioner Lew Gaiter III passed away on Sept. 18, 2018

Lew is the Larimer County Commissioner representing District 1, which is the northern third of Larimer County. He was appointed in a vacancy election in January 2010 and elected in the general election in November 2010. He was re-elected in November 2014.


  • Business and Life Coach
  • International Software and Computer Networking Consultant
  • Business Owner
  • Research and Development Software Engineer
  • Board member of multiple for profit/non-profit organizations since 1990

County Commissioner

  • Chair of Larimer County Board of Commissioners - 2012, 2015, 2017
  • Past President, Colorado Counties, Inc.
  • Past Vice-President of Front Range District, Colorado Counties, Inc.
  • Current Colorado Counties, Inc. Board Rep for Front Range District
  • Past Chair, Colorado Counties, Inc. Tourism, Resorts and Economic Development Steering Committee
  • Member, National Association of Counties Technology & Telecommunications Steering Committee
  • Vice Chair, State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council (SEMTAC)
  • Past Member, Colorado Department of Human Services Child Fatality Review Committee
  • Board Member, Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA)
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Counties, 2015 (NACO)
  • Chair, National Association of Counties Information Technology Standing Committee


  • 25 year member of the Loveland Volunteer Ski Patrol
  • Past Director of the Loveland Volunteer Ski Patrol
  • Current National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor
  • Past Eastern Region Director – Rocky Mountain Division of the National Ski Patrol
  • Past Chairman of Realities for Children "Triumph Awards"


  • Married to Jeannette for over 35 years
  • Father of 9 children (7 boys and 2 girls — they're all both of ours)
  • Martial Arts assistant instructor
  • Avid skier
  • Broncos season ticket holder (with his dad)
  • Grandfather of 5
  • Delivered 8 of his 9 children at home


  • Skiing
  • Football – especially NFL (Denver Broncos!)
  • Reading – especially Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn
  • Skiing
  • Sailing (although I haven't done it for a long time)
  • Flying (never got my license, but I started)
  • Did I say skiing?

Board of County Commissioners

200 West Oak, Suite 2200, Fort Collins, CO 80521
HOURS:  Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
PHONE:  (970) 498-7010  |  FAX:  (970) 498-7006