A familiar face in Windsor is about to bring his knowledge of oil and gas development to the table in Denver.
The office of Gov. John Hickenlooper announced on Tuesday that Town Manager Kelly Arnold will be among leaders serving on the Energy Impact Assistance Advisory Committee. The group meets throughout the year to consider grant applications for oil and gas severance tax money distribution to communities across the state. The committee also makes recommendations to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to help other communities that are facing impacts from the energy industry.
“Certainly, I think Windsor was picked for several reasons beyond just my experience,” said Arnold, who has worked as a leader in both Windsor and Grand Junction — two areas familiar with oil and gas development. “Windsor is right in the heart of the industry, but we’ve kind of worked out how we can work within that.”
Arnold would serve a term until Aug. 24, 2017 and will continue to serve as Windsor’s town manager.
“I’m very interested in seeing how we can better ourselves,” he said, adding that it doesn’t prohibit Windsor from applying for the specific grants.
He will serve with Vicki Spencer of Gunnison and George Shioshita of Alamosa, who were both reappointed. Dozens of other Coloradans were appointed to numerous other boards ranging from the Stroke Advisory Board to the State Plumbing Board and even the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council.
Arnold was the only Windsorite to be selected.