Commissioner honored for distinguished service by CCI |

Commissioner honored for distinguished service by CCI

Colorado Counties Inc., a statewide organization of county commissioners, honored Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos with a distinguished service award Tuesday night.

Raftopoulos described the honor as an excellent way to end her second term as a commissioner.

“I look back at the eight years, and it’s all been positive,” Raftopoulos said during an interview the afternoon after she received the award. “Certainly there’s been ups and downs, but I’ve been able to go through that.”

The downs that she went through, including a recall attempt during her final year as a commissioner, only built her character and strengthened the cohesiveness of her family, she said.

Distinguished service award recipients must be nominated by at least three people or organizations. The CCI president and vice president then decide who will receive the award.

The award recognizes service to all Colorado counties, not just the county in which the commissioner was elected, said Kristin Dunn, CCI conference coordinator.

The honor came as a complete surprise to Raftopoulos. Most of her family, including her parents, husband, brother and oldest son, attended the awards dinner, but they were kept in the back until the award was announced.

It was a pleasure to have her family on hand, because they had never seen her operate on a statewide level, Raftopoulos said.

During her speech, Raftopoulos thanked her family and the commissioners with whom she served for the support they provided her.

Raftopoulos has a long list of activities and accomplishments during her service as commissioner. She served on the CCI board of directors from 1999 to 2004 and served as CCI president in 2003.

During her tenure as president, she was in a car crash on her way to lead a meeting. Although the car was totaled, Raftopoulos walked away from the accident, caught another ride to the meeting, and arrived only 30 minutes late, Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton wrote in a nomination letter.

In the nomination, Hampton praised Raftopoulos’ efforts to upgrade Moffat County’s telecommunications with fiber optic infrastructure and build a new jail to get the county in compliance with state law.

Raftopoulos has served on the Colorado Wildlife Commission, Yampa Valley Partners and Yampa Valley Economic Development Council.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or

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