Clark new commissioner chair

       Westside civic and business leader Sallie Clark added another feather to her cap this month when her fellow county commissioners voted her chair of the Board of El Paso County Commissioners.
       Clark, who has represented the county's District 3 since January 2005, had been vice chair. She said she sought the top position - replacing Commissioner Jim Bensberg - to be more effective in bringing about what she terms “positive change” for the county.
       “I'm looking forward to this,” she said in an interview this week. “It's a little scary, but I got through the first meeting so I'm off to the races now.”
       She said her main goal as chair is to improve communications between commissioners and county residents, “essentially to provide information to citizens on where their tax money is going.” A key vehicle in this effort, Clark noted, is the newly appointed Citizen Outreach Group (COG), consisting of county residents who will work with the commissioners on projects and help get the word out.
       On the Westside, Clark said county involvement will be seen in the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA), of which El Paso County is a member, and in efforts to begin upgrading the “No Man's Land” area along Colorado Avenue east of Manitou Springs.
       As chair, Clark runs the meetings and is expected to represent the county at various functions.
       Clark is the fourth female commissioner in El Paso County history and third to serve as chair.
       Clark's district covers western El Paso County, including the Westside and other parts of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls and unincorporated areas such as Turkey Creek and the southern portion of the Air Force Academy.

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