Allard establishes new Northwest Colorado office |

Allard establishes new Northwest Colorado office

Josh Nichols

Montrose native Derek Wagner was recently appointed by U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard to serve as area representative for Moffat County.

Wagner, who works in Allard’s Grand Junction office, previously served as constituent service representative for the senator.

“I am pleased to announce Derek Wagner’s promotion to area representative,” Allard said in a press release. “Being a Western Slope native and working in my Grand Junction office has given Derek experience and knowledge of Western Slope issues, which will serve him well in his new position.”

Wagner said the position he has taken is a new one, created because of important issues happening in the area including debates over public land use and the recent discovery of chronic wasting disease in wild mule deer.

“It’s kind of a new position Sen. Allard wanted to create,” Wagner said. “He wanted someone to focus on Northwest Colorado. There’s so much going on up there. He wants someone to keep him aware of what’s going on.”

While Allard’s announcement states that Wagner was the area representative for Moffat County, Wagner said he would be a contact person for a large portion of Northwestern and Western Colorado.

“I’m going to be on the ground a lot more in the entire area,” he said. “I’ll hit meetings going on in Craig, Meeker, Rifle and Glenwood Springs.”

Wagner said his background would enable him to understand the concerns of people in the area.

Wagner began working in Allard’s Grand Junction office last year after graduating from Mesa State College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

He previously served as a sheriff’s cadet in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and did a two-year internship with the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department.

“I’m excited to be able to work with constituents and county officials on behalf of Sen. Allard in Moffat County,” Wagner said. “I look forward to serving the citizen’s of western Colorado in my position.”

Individuals experiencing a problem with a federal agency can contact Wagner in the Grand Junction Office at (970) 245-9553.

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