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Ryan, Stavney sworn in as Eagle County commissioners

EAGLE, Colorado - Jill Ryan likes her job so far.

Ryan started her new term as an Eagle County commissioner when she and Jon Stavney were sworn in Tuesday morning. District Court Judge Tom Moorhead did the honors before a packed house.

"I think I'm going to love it," Ryan said. "I feel compelled to do the right thing for the people of Eagle County.

Ryan won the seat to replace outgoing commissioner Peter Runyon, who was the subject of a comedy roast on his way out the door.

Ryan, Stavney and returning commissioner Sara Fisher then handled some routine matters. They decided some zoning issues, got an update on a lawsuit from a former employee and a granted a few liquor licenses.

By early afternoon Ryan was figuring out all the same things all new hands do.

"Now I'm doing everything a new employee does the first day, like getting an outside line and making the email work," she said.

Ryan was Eagle County's director of public health before she ran for commissioner. That could be valuable experience as the county looks at more budget cuts, in the face of continuing declines in property values.

The county's budget is set for next year; Stavney, Fisher and Runyon passed it last month after each department recommended its own reductions.

"All the departments did an across the board cut," she said.

Ryan topped Jeff Layman and Dale Nelson to win her seat.

"I want to do my homework, I want meet with anyone who wants to meet," she said.

She said she started meeting community groups a year before the November election.

She said she learned a few things.

The economy remains foremost on people's minds, and they want the county to be part of economic development efforts.

Eagle County residents also love wildlife and our environment, she said.

Economics and the environment are mutually beneficial, not mutually exclusive, she said

"This special place affords a certain quality of life that also sustains us economically. We have to be intentional about preserving it," she said.

In Breckenridge, Bruce Brown was sworn in as the new district attorney for Colorado's 5th Judicial District - Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties. Brown is a Democrat from Clear Creek County.

Eagle resident and attorney Heidi McCollum was sworn in as the assistant district attorney.

Brown won election over Republican Scott Turner.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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