Six in the running for four fire board seats

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By Vicky Gits

Two new faces, Kenny Erhardt and Jeff Ashford, have entered the May 6 race for the four open seats on the five-member board of the Evergreen Fire Protection District. Both are longtime members of the volunteer firefighters’ organization.

They will be competing for the jobs against four incumbents who have decided to run again: Jeff deDisse, Charles “Chick” Dykeman, George Goldbach and Lloyd See.

The fire board has decided to stage a walk-in election, with polling places at the fire district headquarters, 1802 Bergen Parkway, and one at the Wulf Recreation Center on Olive Road. Two seats are for four years, and two are for two-year terms.

The only board member not up for re-election is Jaine Hamilton, who was elected to a four-year term expiring in 2010. She was first elected to the board in 2002.

DeDisse and Goldbach, who were elected to the board after Phil Shanley and David Klaus were unseated in a recall election Nov. 13, must run again if they want to continue to serve.

DeDisse was elected to replace Klaus, and Goldbach was elected to replace Shanley.

The deadline for submitting applications to be a candidate for a member of the board of directors is Feb. 29.

Jeff Ashford

Currently volunteer assistant chief and fire investigator, Ashford is a former deputy chief, voting captain and lieutenant. He is currently responsible for rescue and wildland training. Ashford was a volunteer firefighter representative on the initial Organizational Effectiveness Team, Organizational Leadership Team and handbook committee.

Ashford moved to the Brook Forest area in 1997 and has been a member of the volunteer fire department since 1998. He has worked 37 years in human resources, including the last 24 as owner of a human resources consulting service. He earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Houston in 1971. He is seeking a four-year term.

Chick Dykeman, 68

Dykeman was originally appointed to the fire board in April 2007 to fill the position of Bob Wallace, who resigned in 2006. He was elected to be president in November 2007. He has lived in Evergreen since 2001 and is a member of Rotary.

Dykeman was elected to three terms on the city council of Waterloo, Iowa, and served as chairman of public safety. After leaving elected office, he served as a negotiator among the fire union, fire management and city government. He also made presentations on negotiations across the country. Dykeman graduated from the University of Iowa and the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science. He was in the funeral industry for 30 years before selling his company and moving to Albuquerque in 1986. Dykeman is seeking a four-year term.

Kenny Erhardt, 51

Erhardt, 51, has lived in Evergreen for 25 years. He has been a member of the Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department for 24 years and served in many positions from vice president to deputy chief. He was a rescue training officer for 12 years. Before that, he was driver-engineer training coordinator. Erhardt also helped create the 15-year master plan for new stations. He has been co-owner of Kittredge Auto Rebuilders for 18 years.

Jeff deDisse, 43

Dedisse was elected to the board in the recall election Nov. 13 to replace Klaus. He has been manager of the Indian Creek Park Ranch for 15 years. He is employed as a field superintendent for W.L. Contractors, managing operating budgets and crews for city and state projects across the state. He is a captain in the volunteer corps and has been a member of the volunteer firefighters for the past 10 years. He is seeking a two-year term.

George Goldbach, 71

Goldbach has worked 45 years in the fire service, including 20 in the New York City Fire Department. He was a member of the Rotary Club for 15 years and is currently a member of the Elks. He is president of George Goldbach Associates Fire/Rescue Consultants and has worked as a consultant for Evergreen Fire/Rescue. Before that he was a director of South Metro Fire Training Academy. He has a master’s degree in human resources and organizational behavior, a bachelor’s in fire protection technology and an associate’s degree in fire science. He has lived in Evergreen for 23 years. He is seeking a two-year term.

Lloyd See, 63

See is vice president of the fire board and is seeking a four-year term. He has been on the board for 14 years and was first elected in 1994. He was a member of the volunteer firefighters organization from 1968 to 1994, serving as fire chief, assistant chief, deputy, captain and lieutenant. He has been a member of Evergreen Rotary for six years and on the board of directors of the Colorado Fallen Firefighters Association for six years. He has been in the Elks for 31 years. He was a paid firefighting professional for 28 years, serving as assistant chief with West Metro Fire and fire marshal for Lakewood. He has lived in Evergreen since 1968.

Next board meeting is Feb. 27

The board of directors of the Evergreen Fire Protection District is holding a night meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, instead of the usual fourth Friday morning of the month. The meeting date was changed to Wednesday once a quarter as a way of allowing greater opportunity for public participation.

The meeting will be at fire district headquarters at 1802 Bergen Parkway in Evergreen.

The Volunteer Pension Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. prior to the regular meeting.

For information, visit www.evergreenfirerescue.com.