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2 new board members plan to promote progress in Indian Hills Fire District

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By Pamela Lawson

A paid firefighter with the Westminster fire protection district is one of two new members elected to the board of the Indian Hills Fire Protection District.

Westminster firefighter Paul Amundson and Bret Roller were the two favorites of Indian Hills voters May 6, garnering 74 and 78 votes, respectively. Two other candidates running for the four-year seats were Cara Self, with 37 votes, and Pody Hunnicutt, with 27 votes.

Amundson is a former volunteer with Indian Hills, and Roller is a former rookie firefighter with the agency. Both men are in their 30s.

“I am quite satisfied with the results,” said board president Brendan Dawson. “I think both Brett and Paul will be excellent board members.”

The men could not be reached for comment after the election, but in an interview with the High Timber Times in April, Roller said he was excited about the quality of volunteers serving the department. He believes they can help advance the department and modernize it. Roller said he wanted to be a part of future improvements in the district as a board member.

The new board will be tasked with a greater level of commitment as it gears up to overhaul outdated procedural guidelines that were implemented more than 50 years ago. The overhaul was suggested by a consultant who assessed the district’s needs in 2007.

That consultant reported a lack of measurable performance standards due to deficiencies in procedures, supervisory practices, bylaws and a lack of clarity in duties and responsibilities. And she cited a lack of consistent effective communication within the organization.

Dawson said a district attorney has begun to assess the documents and contracts in need of revision.

The 24-member department was formed in 1947. It serves residents in the Indian Hills community, along Parmalee Gluch Road and along 3 miles of U.S. 285 in Turkey Creek Canyon.