Northwest Colorado Council of Governments: Executive Director
Jon Stavney, as Executive Director of Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, is a leader passionate about improving local government through sharing information, innovations and best practices. He believes that public service is a high calling which can transform people and communities. Since being hired in November of 2016, Jon has worked closely with program directors at NWCCOG to develop clear goals and maintain the highest review levels from the state and federal agencies while increasing the visibility of NWCCOG services and of the organization as a whole.
Jon learned public service while “on the job” in various roles over more than twenty years. Elected to the Town of Eagle Board of Trustees in 1998 and Mayor from 2004 to 2008, he “studied” governance, land use, law and public policy “by doing” as the town grew more than 15% each year during that decade. He is most proud of renovating Broadway with an award-winning streetscape, building a concert stage during a makeover of town park. Jon served 5 years as an Eagle County Commissioner from 2008-2013 where his proudest accomplishments required extensive collaboration with stakeholders, other agencies and jurisdictions. These included establishing Castle Peak Senior Center, a 120 unit assisted living facility, the Colorado River access project in which the county purchased 5 key parcels, and constructed a series of river access points, and spearheading the Eagle Valley Land Exchange, a ten-parcel, 1, 549 acre multi-party agreement involving the USFS, Colorado State Land board and four local jurisdictions. Jon served on the Colorado River Water Conservation District board when it negotiated the historic Colorado River Cooperative Agreement in involving Denver Water and 15 West Slope entities. Jon served as Town Manager in Eagle for three years prior to joining NWCCOG. After earning a degree in English from Whitman College, Jon moved to the West Slope and became a carpenter. Before ending his construction career in 2008, he was a project manager for a custom home builder in Vail. Jon enjoys the travel, research and writing involved in his job and keeps a personal blog on the topic at www.a-public-observer.com .
NWCCOG is regional organization founded in 1972 to assist local governments in collaborative planning and management. Programs at NWCCOG range from senior services, water advocacy, elevator inspections, low income weatherization installations to a variety of economic development roles including business loans, management of the district and technical assistance for broadband deployment. NWCCOG brings more than $5 million dollars of federal and state dollars into the region, and partners with 8 different federal agencies and 9 state agencies to deliver funding and services across Northwest Colorado. NWCCOG has 14 wide-ranging programs and over 40 employees a quarter of whom are remote or contract workers. Based in Silverthorne NWCCOG serves 28-member Towns and Counties through a wide variety of programs and services which can be explored at www.nwccog.org.