Fire district honors Goldbach for his service

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By The Staff

After serving as a member of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board since November 2007, George Goldbach officially seconded his last motion at the regular meeting April 13.

“I have to tell you how hard this was, sitting on this side of the table for a change,” said Goldbach, who has had a 50-year career in the fire service as a paid professional, including a stint as chief of West Metro Fire Rescue.

“This is the end of a 50-year love affair,” Goldbach said.

He commended the board for working well together overall, despite a few normal disagreements along the way. He thanked Fire Chief Garry DeJong, fire department staff and all the firefighters. “I am impressed by your professionalism,” Goldbach said.

In March, Goldbach decided not to run for another term on the district’s board of directors. He said he had put his house on the market and was moving to a lower altitude, possibly Lakewood, because of health reasons.

It was a hard decision.

“But doing the right thing isn’t usually the easy decision,” Goldbach said. He didn’t want the fire district to spend $30,000 on an election and then have to resign because he sold his house.

When he heard that David Christensen, a former volunteer, was interested in running for the board, Goldbach made up his mind to step down. That left only three candidates for three seats, so the election could be canceled, and Christensen will take Goldbach’s place on the board in May.

Goldbach was first elected to the board in the November 2007 recall election as a replacement for former board president Phil Shanley. He ran uncontested in a polling-place election May 6, 2008.

Contact Vicky Gits at 303-350-1042 or vicky@evergreenco.com.