Commissioners offer parting thoughts: Batchelder may not be ready to retire, even after 40 years of service

  • County Commissioners John Peters, second from left, and Don Batchelder, third from left, help cut a ceremonial ribbon during the dedication of the renovated Ouray County Courthouse in September. The two men participated in their last Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, with Peters leaving after four years in office after losing the November election to Lynn Padgett and Batchelder departing after eight years due to term limits. Erin McIntyre — Ouray County Plaindealer
    County Commissioners John Peters, second from left, and Don Batchelder, third from left, help cut a ceremonial ribbon during the dedication of the renovated Ouray County Courthouse in September. The two men participated in their last Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, with Peters leaving after four years in office after losing the November election to Lynn Padgett and Batchelder departing after eight years due to term limits. Erin McIntyre — Ouray County Plaindealer
Don Batchelder finished his second of two eight-year terms as Ouray County commissioner this week, departing the position again due to term limits. But even with nearly 40 years spent in appointed or elected positions in local government within the county, the 66 year-old is not committed to permanent retirement from public service. And he’s not opposed to sitting out for a while and jumping back…

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