Board appoints new members

Previous member, retiree chosen for Craig Fire District board


The Craig Fire District board appointed two people to fill vacant positions opened by recent resignations at its meeting Thursday night.

The board chose Byron Will--ems and John Whinery to fill the vacancies.

Willems retired from the department Aug. 3 after serving 23 years as a firefighter with Craig Fire/Rescue. He was a member of the executive board of the Colorado State Firefighters Association for seven years, from 1997 to 2003, and he is the owner of Craig Fire and Safety, a local business.

Fire district regulations state that a board member cannot also be an active firefighter. The board accepted Willems' resignation Thursday night, which allowed him to join the board.

His new colleague on the board, Whinery, was a fire board member for four years until he failed to win re-election in May. He lost to newcomers Tony Maneotis and John Forgay by four votes and seven votes, respectively.

He retired after spending 19 years as a firefighter with Craig Fire/Rescue, and is employed at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

The board also named Willems its chairman of the board. They thanked Alan Webber for all the work he put in during the past month.

Donald Musgrove, a four-year board member and president of the board of directors, tendered his resignation July 14. Voters re-elected Musgrove to another term on the fire board in May.

Three days

after Mus--grove stepped down, Bob Pluym re----signed. He spent two years on the board.

Both of the new board members will have to win re-election in two years to continue serving on the board.

Fire board members are paid $50 per month, and the president and treasurer/secretary are paid $100 per month.

Fire board members are required to be at least 18 years old, registered to vote in Moffat County, and reside within the boundaries of the fire district.

The board meets the third Thursday of each month at the fire station, and decides how to spend money in the fire department budget.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext.207, or

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