Carwile voted top town councilor
Terry Carwile can’t help getting interrupted.
Residents randomly drop by his table Thursday at J.W. Snack’s, chatting with him while he eats a pork sandwich and sips a cold iced tea.
But, it’s not a problem for the Craig resident and city council member. He talks with every resident who comes his way.
Carwile, 62, said he is often eager to visit with the people he represents. He believes community involvement and availability are some of the reasons why he was voted best town councilor in the Craig Daily Press’ 2010 Best of Moffat County contest.
And, he appreciates the recognition.
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It has been a “privilege to serve the community and make it possible for people to enjoy the life I have for the last 35 years,” he said.
Carwile was elected to the city council in 2005 and is serving in his second term. He was born in El Paso, Texas and was raised, for the most part, in Colorado.
Local government, which Carwile contends is “in your face government,” suits his personality. He said he likes serving on the council because he gets to “see things happen right away.”
“It is problem solving at the basic level,” he said.
Carwile said he’s happy to step up and take on tough issues the city faces, but he advocates more for the “basic stuff.”
“I am somebody that really likes to see the basic services nailed down solid,” he said. “You know, like good, clean water, a good wastewater department and a good police department.”
Carwile said he has always been a natural leader and serving on the city council allows him to express that part of his personality.
“Maybe it’s genetics,” he said. “I have always gravitated toward leadership roles.”
But, he said the city council isn’t always about leading. A lot of times, it’s about working as a team.
He said the biggest pleasure he derives from the council is serving with like-minded people who want to see the best for the city they love.
Carwile said he tries to keep his “ear to the wind” to make sure the council is aware of state and federal issues.
Recently, Carwile has taken a proactive role in tourism and economic development in Craig by suggesting the city implement a lodging tax to fund marketing and promotion of the area in hopes of boosting sagging city revenues.
As a former coal miner who worked for Trapper Mining Company for 30 years, Carwile likes to stay involved in energy development issues and legislation as well.
“I moved here during the first boom for energy when the power plant was being built and Trapper Mine was just opening up,” he said. “I lived through that boom and the subsequent bust and we have sort of gone through that cycle again.”
Carwile hopes to use his experience and leadership to guide Craig through the current rough economic climate and energy development cycle.
“I have some things to offer, some knowledge about how that all transcribed the last time, not that my memory is that great anymore,” he said with a laugh.
Brian Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Editor’s note: This story was updated at 6:45 p.m. to include a response from the Bureau of Land Management’s national office.