Greeley City Councilman Mike Finn will run for Weld County commissioner seat |

Greeley City Councilman Mike Finn will run for Weld County commissioner seat

Tyler Silvy

Mike Finn

Greeley City Councilman Mike Finn on Friday announced he will run for the District 2 seat on the Board of Weld County Commissioners.

Finn's announcement comes just two days after Weld County Commissioner Julie Cozad suspended her campaign for re-election, and that's not a coincidence.

Finn said he decided to run when he found out Cozad wasn't running.

"I think pretty highly of Julie," he said in a phone interview Friday.

Finn will run as a Republican, and it means Johnstown Mayor Scott James' two-day run as the lone candidate for District 2 seat has come to an end.

Finn, 68, has served as the Ward 4 representative to the Greeley City Council since June 2009, and he has won election three times.

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He is a retired U.S. Navy officer, serving for 20 years and earning a Bronze Star with Combat Valor after serving on the Battleship Missouri during the Gulf War, according to a news release from Finn.

Finn also has a degree in land use planning from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Finn points to his work on the city council, as well as the Greeley Planning Commission as experience that will serve him and Weld residents well, should he be elected to the Board of Weld County Commissioners.

He said in a news release he's a numbers-cruncher, and he intends to make sure Weld County remains debt-free.

"It's extremely important to me to safeguard the taxpayers' money, continue the 6.25 mill levy reduction and stick to Weld County's fiscally conservative foundation," Finn said in the release.

Finn said his top priorities as a county commissioner will be boosting economic and job growth, protecting private property rights, defending Second Amendment rights and finding viable transportation solutions.

Finn said he has experience working with leaders from other government agencies on regional solutions, citing the Public Safety Communications Network ad hoc committee with county commissioners, as well as work on numerous boards.

"Finn has a proven record of working effectively with county commissioners for the benefit of Weld County," according to the release.

— Tyler Silvy covers government and politics for The Greeley Tribune. Reach him at Connect with him at or @TylerSilvy on Twitter.

The Mike Finn file

Age: 68

Party: Republican

Work/experience: 20 years in the U.S. Navy; retired cruise ship terminal manager; eight years on Greeley City Council.

Service: Upstate Colorado Regional Economic Development Board; Greeley-Weld County Airport Board; Island Grove Advisory Board; Poudre River Trail Board; Kiwanis Club; chairman of Weld Project Connect 2018.

Family: Wife Judy

Education: Magna cum laude from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, degree in land use planning.