Chad Kiniston has resigned from his post as director of the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition's Moffat County branch, an agency designed to curb youth drug and alcohol use. He is shown above in an April 2007 photo. Kiniston said he and his family are moving to southeast Colorado for personal reasons.

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Chad Kiniston has resigned from his post as director of the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition's Moffat County branch, an agency designed to curb youth drug and alcohol use. He is shown above in an April 2007 photo. Kiniston said he and his family are moving to southeast Colorado for personal reasons.

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Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is accepting applications for the directorship of its Moffat County branch. Resume may be sent to Grand Futures executive director Mary Rupert-Housley at mary@grandfutures.... For more information, call (970) 887-9655.

The face of substance abuse prevention in Moffat County will soon change.

Chad Kiniston, director of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition's Moffat County branch, announced his resignation last week in a letter addressed to Grand Futures board members. His resignation takes effect Feb. 29, according to the letter.

Kiniston has directed the Moffat County division of Grand Futures for two years. The organization, which also has divisions in Routt and Grand counties, focuses on preventing youth drug and alcohol abuse.

"A lot of things that Grand Futures has done isn't widely known by the community because a lot of it's done behind scenes," Kiniston said.

Kiniston organized drug, alcohol and methamphetamine prevention programs in Moffat County schools and worked in conjunction with Craig Police Department school resource officers, he said.

Kiniston said he resigned for personal reasons, adding that his decision was not related to his experiences with Grand Futures.

"It's been nothing but a good experience for me," he said. "I'm coming away from this position with nothing but positive things to say about" Grand Futures.

Kiniston plans to move with his family to the southeastern portion of the state, closer to his family.

"It was an opportunity for us to go back to our roots, and we decided it was the best thing for us right now," Kiniston said.

As a member of Moffat County's Human Resource Council, Kiniston also worked with local nonprofit organizations, including Love In the Name of Christ and the Community Budget Center.

Kiniston was a member of the Moffat County Youth Wellness Initiative, a local group created to curb underage drinking. Kiniston helped provide material for parents and liquor retailer toolkits that provide information on how to prevent underage drinking.

Kiniston also gave Training for Intervention Procedures, a program that teaches liquor license holders and their employees how to prevent alcohol sales to the underaged.

Until Kiniston's replacement is found, other Initiative members will "step up to the plate" and take on some of his responsibilities, said Diane Miller, Northwest Colorado Community Health Project coordinator.

The Moffat County initiative works under the Health Project's jurisdiction.

Kiniston's absence will create a void that Mary Rupert-Housley, executive director of the tri-county substance abuse prevention organization, hopes to fill soon.

The coalition will begin looking for his replacement "immediately," she said.

Rupert-Housley is looking for potential candidates capable of community leadership and development. The next director of the coalition's Moffat County branch also may provide TIPS training.

Above all, the candidate should show "a passion for protecting our kids" against alcohol and drug abuse, Rupert-Housley said.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or bmanley@craigdailypress.com

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