Planning Commission Members

Roger Lowe

Roger was born in 1941 in Dewitt, Iowa.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1960-1964.  Life really began in 1978 when he moved to Trinidad, Colorado.  He served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment in Trinidad and served as a volunteer Sheriff with the Las Animas County Sheriff's Department.  He moved to Colorado City in 1999.  He served six years on the Colorado City Metropolitan District Board and three years on the Colorado City Architectural Control Committee.

Appointed 2/3/2014. Term Expires 12/31/16.
Currently serving first full term.

Donald L. Bruestle

For over 34 years, Don was an administrator of affordable housing and community redevelopment programs for city, county, and state agencies.  He was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.  He has been a resident of both the City and County of Pueblo for more than 13 years and currently resides in the Mesa Junction neighborhood within the City of Pueblo.  When asked why he likes serving as a Planning Commissioner, Don responded, “I have professional experience in land use and development, along with professional experience in helping people build stronger communities.  I want to use my experience to help guide Pueblo County in its growth and development.”  He enjoys the climate and lifestyle of Pueblo County, as well as the cultural and ethnic diversity of the people in Pueblo County.

Appointed 1/1/09.  Term Expires 12/31/17.
Currently serving second full term.

Betty Alt

Betty is the longest-serving member of the Pueblo County Planning Commission.  Betty resides north of Pueblo at Eden and is a lecturer/author teaching at CSU-Pueblo.  She is a Colorado native who received her M.A. from Northeast Missouri State University.

Appointed 7/12/05.  Term Expires 12/31/16.
Reappointed 2/3/2014. Currently serving third full term.

Kiera Hatton

Kiera is employed in real estate marketing.  She enjoys community activism through Sustainable Pueblo, the Sierra Club, Emerge Colorado, and Southeastern Colorado Solar Coalition.  She is passionate about Pueblo and, as a planning commissioner, looks forward to being a part of smart, sustainable, environmentally responsible development.  A Pueblo native, she has also lived in Missouri, New Jersey, and South Dakota.  As a planning commissioner, Kiera hopes to inspire other young professionals to become involved in activities throughout Pueblo.

Appointed 4/8/13.  Term Expires 12/31/16.
Reappointed 2/3/2014.  Currently serving first full term.

Donald Thorne

Donald is a Pueblo native.  He is interested in the long-range planning of Pueblo County.  He served on the Citizens Plan Forum for the development of the Pueblo Regional Development Plan.

Appointed 3/9/16.  Term Expires 12/31/17.
Currently serving unexpired term.

Epimenio (Eppie) Griego, Jr.

Eppie is a lifelong Pueblo resident who resides in the Vineland area.  Having earned a machining degree, he works for the IBEW LOCAL 12 as a ground man (PAR Electric).  He is also a small business owner, operating a seasonal food vending service. Eppie was previously a Licensed Foster Parent for 17 years.  What he likes about Pueblo County is all of the opportunities to bring economic development and jobs to the community; he finds that all of the volunteer boards and commissions that he serves on have taught him how government works. As a Planning Commissioner, he enjoys being part of the community process to move Pueblo County forward in a positive manner.

Appointed 10/14/08.  Term Expires 12/31/18.
Currently serving third full term.

Phillip Mancha

Phil retired as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Pueblo Community College in 2006. He has served the Pueblo community as a member of numerous non-profit Boards, most recently the Pueblo City/County Library Board and the Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care.  Born and raised in a small Maryland town, Phil now lives on the south side of Pueblo.  His primary reason for joining the Planning Commission is to promote the health, safety, and welfare and the quality of living in our community.  He finds the citizens of Pueblo to be friendly and possessing of a public spirit that he finds to be inspiring.

Appointed 1/01/13.  Term Expires 12/31/18.
Currently serving second full term.

Ronald Leyba

Ron serves as the Director of the Law Enforcement Academy in Pueblo.  He holds a B.S. in Political Science (Pre-Law) and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instructional Design, having graduated from USC-Pueblo, (CSU-P).  Ron has over 25 years of experience in governmental processes, and the Criminal Justice field.  Although he was not born in Pueblo, he feels as though Pueblo has always been his home, and he has numerous family members who reside in Pueblo County.  The reason why Ron likes being a Planning Commission member is because he likes serving the members of the community in balancing the private interest of individuals with governmental stipulations.  He especially enjoys the people in Pueblo and loves all that Pueblo is and will be in our future!

Appointed 1/1/10.  Term Expires 12/31/18.
Currently serving third full term.

Judy Leonard

Judy Leonard currently serves on the Pueblo West Metropolitan Board and is responsible for the operational decisions impacting Pueblo West and active interaction with the County Commissioners.  She is also the liaison between the Pueblo West Metropolitan Board and the Committee of Architecture.  Previously, she worked at the Pueblo West Metropolitan District for 27 years with experience in land sales including zoning, covenants, permits, and land usage; served as administrative assistant to the district manager; and worked in the finance department and has vast working knowledge of the streets and roads department.   Judy holds a degree in Business Administration.  She likes working with the community as a member of the Planning and Commission Board.

Appointed 2/18/159.  Term Expires 12/31/17.
Currently serving first full term.

 

*EX PARTE COMMUNICATION
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