Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe works to serve constituents
June 27, 2014
Since Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe moved from Minnesota to the Yampa Valley about 35 years ago, he's found ways to give back to the community.
"I've always been somebody who wants to jump in and volunteer," he said. "It seemed like I did most of my volunteering in Moffat County even when I lived in Routt County."
He recalled his first big project for Craig was when he used his skills as an electrician to wire the Loudy-Simpson Park ice rink for refrigeration and lighting in 1999. The county provided the resources and Grobe, with a team of assisting volunteers, provided the free labor.
"We walked on top of that guessing where… the ice rink was going to be, wiring the lights," he said. "It came out just right. We were totally pleased with that."
The rink went from being an outdoors set-up to a fully functional indoor rink with dependable ice and lighting.
That was six months of work, but not Grobe's first step into public service. That started when he joined a bowling league.
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When he first moved to Hayden, Grobe joined a local league to have fun and get to know the community. But soon after, he was asked by the town clerk to join the planning commission.
That led to decades of being involved. Grobe went on to serve on the Hayden School Board, the Cemetery Board, the Hayden Police Department as a police reserve officer, the Hayden Town Council as mayor and eventually the Moffat County Board of Commissioners.
He was elected to his position as commissioner in 2012 and came into the race without an agenda, he said.
"I never walk in with any goal. I never have. I just want to do the best," he said. "We have so many issues on the table we need to be involved with. So many politicians make all these promises and they never follow through. So I'd rather have my record speak for itself and move forward that way."
Grobe said he tried to understand the issues, listen and study and then tackle the problems at hand.
"I'm not one to sit back and complain about what's going on tin the county or the city or wherever without being involved. Without putting all my chips on the table."
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