Ronald D. HendersonCandidacy: District 1 Montrose County Commissioner, Republican, Incumbent
Education: University of Colorado, B.A. Zoology
Occupation: Real Estate Broker, Current District 1 Commissioner
Family: Married; lives in Montrose
Prior Government Experience: County Commissioner
Montrose County Commissioner incumbent Ron Henderson said that being a commissioner is no easy task, but in that respect, he’s done a remarkable job.
“There has been criticism from a small group of people, but I use that to reflect on the decisions I make to make sure I’m doing the correct thing. And once I’m sure, I continue down the road.”
Henderson, a Montrose native, said it is his time, and that it’s his care and concern that makes him a good commissioner. He is seeking re-election because there is still more he wants to do for his community.
He said he wants to continue to establish and perfect the personnel manual, which provides an outline for an employee’s duties and role within the county government. This manual is important, he said, because it quantifies and qualifies positions so they can be measured, providing the county with a more efficient government.
“The same can be said with the strategic plan,” Henderson said.
That plan, which changes as the county moves through it, helps the county learn to do more with less, and helps make transitions when that’s what’s necessary for efficiency in government.
Henderson said he wants to work toward natural-resources development, which could provide much-needed jobs in the county.
Tourism and recreation development are also on the commissioner’s list, both of which would be a great benefit to the West End, if developed in that corner of the county.
Henderson also said he understands the challenges the county is facing, and that the biggest challenge is unemployment. But if the county could develop its natural resources, as has been done in Mesa and Garfield counties, those increases in tax dollars could help bolster the economic stability of Montrose County, and this is a legitimate way of paying for services that are now being paid by the county’s taxpayers.
Henderson said there are good things happening here, and he supports those efforts.
For example, the airport recently expanded its terminal and contracted with another airline to connect the area to the West Coast.
Getting water rights from the West End is still a challenge, but he believes acquiring those rights will be a boon for the county – and for its economic development.
Getting a uranium mill established in the West End also has been a slow and hard process, but he said he’ll continue to support that effort and move it forward.
As a native, Henderson said he has a wealth of experience, and that he has lived through good and bad times in Montrose County.
“I’ve got what it takes to keep our head above water economically,” he said. “I’ll use my background when I’m faced with challenges, and my attitude doesn’t make things worse.”
He said that whether it is working with health and human services, other elected officials, or road and bridge, he has learned that the best way is to work together.
“I care and I really do have the county’s best interest in mind – I am for Montrose County,” he said. “I truthfully want the best to happen and [voters] won’t find a more dedicated candidate.”