Dennis Gelvin retires from the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, Linn Brooks promoted to General Manager

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Here’s the release about Dennis Gelvin’s retirement.

From email from the district (Diane Johnson):

The Eagle River Water & Sanitation District board promoted Linn Brooks to General Manager at their November 17 meeting. Brooks takes over immediately from 18-year GM, Dennis Gelvin, who is retiring.

Board chairman Rick Sackbauer noted Brooks’ readiness for the position, in part due to Gelvin’s succession planning efforts. Brooks, a 12-year employee, has been the assistant general manager for four years.

Brooks has worked closely with local governments on water and wastewater matters. “I’ve learned a lot about water management from Linn. She is a professional,” said Eagle County Commissioner Jon Stavney, who also serves on the board of the Colorado River Water Conservation District. “I can’t imagine a better leader for the district for the future.”

Originally hired as the Staff Engineer, Brooks developed a proactive approach to upgrade and replace most of the water and sewer mains in Vail Village during Vail’s redevelopment and streetscape improvements. Later, as Technical Services Director, she initiated a comprehensive upgrade to the District’s information technology services. Once she became AGM, water and wastewater operations also came under her purview.

“We will all benefit not only from her substantial expertise, but the institutional knowledge she brings to her new position,” said Avon Town Manager Larry Brooks (no relation). “Linn’s appointment as General Manager is an excellent fit for the ERWSD. We are fortunate to have someone of her caliber in this position.”

Brooks has successfully navigated local and federal permitting processes to develop water system infrastructure and has been instrumental in raising awareness of non-point source pollution and its effects on the aquatic environment in Gore Creek and Eagle River. She brings stakeholders together, looking beyond just District interests, to address mutual issues such as water quality and wilderness legislation.

Brooks looks forward to sustained challenges associated with a changing regulatory environment and providing high quality water and wastewater services during difficult economic conditions.

“I’m grateful to the board for its confidence in me,” said Brooks, “Dennis Gelvin leaves an organization that is a model for how good government should work. We have a great team at the District that is positioned to continue that legacy.”

More coverage from the Vail Daily:

Brooks, a 12-year employee, has been the assistant general manager for four years.

Brooks has worked closely with local governments on water and wastewater matters.

“I’ve learned a lot about water management from Linn. She is a professional,” said Eagle County Commissioner Jon Stavney, who also serves on the board of the Colorado River Water Conservation District. “I can’t imagine a better leader for the district for the future.”

More Eagle River watershed coverage here and here.

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