May 2022 Board Candidate Information

Below is information about the four candidates running for the District's Board of Directors.Dave Stout, Treasuer

Name: Dave Stout, stout@comtast.net

Position Sought: Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District Board Member

Residency: Eagle Valley Sub-Division, Frederick, CO

Family: Married for 53 years

Occupation Past and/or Present: Retired Field Service Engineer

Current Elected Offices: FFFPD Board Member since 2018. Past Commander of AL Post 1985 Firestone, CO. Current Finance Officer of Post 1985

What is your vision for the Fire District within our community?: My vision for the Fire District is for the District to become ISO 1 certified and an accredited organization with the Center of Public Safety Excellence. I envision our Fire District becoming more competitive in the job market in both benefits and wages creating an environment for our firefighters and paramedics to raise a family and become members of our community. I would like to make sure the District maintains and enhances the service level it provides to its citizens.

The single most pressing issue facing our (District, Board, etc.) is _____, and this is what I plan to do about it:
With oil and gas revenues on the decline within our Fire District due to growth and restrictive state government regulations in place reducing the assessed valuation of property, the Fire District must find other stable revenue sources to keep up with the rapid growth in our area. Assisting the District in remaining fiscally sound and accountable to our citizens is our responsibility as Board members. 

What motivates you to want to become a Board Member?A desire to assist in making our Fire District as efficient as possible thus making our community a more desirable and safer place to live. I want to assist in improving the quality of life for everyone in our community.

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Name: Katie Maselbas, but I’ll be listed on the ballot as Kathryn. kskeers@gmail.comKatie Maselbas photo

Position Sought: Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District Board Member.

Residency: I am a Colorado native; rare, I know! My husband and I purchased our home and have lived in Frederick since April 2012.

Family: My husband and I have two very spoiled dogs.

Education/Experience: I earned my first Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University in 2006 and recently earned an additional Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado in 2021.

Occupation Past and/or Present: After completing my first Bachelor’s degree in 2006, I began working for the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation, a 501(c)3, non-profit organization founded to support our Colorado State Troopers and their families in times of crisis and hardship. I spent 14 amazing years working for the CSPFF where I held a managerial role, guided a team of 100+ employees, created policies and procedures, managed a state-wide program and fundraising events, and worked closely with the Board of Trustees.

 In 2017, after learning that my husband and I would not be able to have children of our own, I felt an overwhelming need to make something good come from this heartbreaking news. I returned to school to chase my dream to become a pediatric registered nurse. I completed my second Bachelor’s degree in May 2021 and began working at Children’s Hospital Colorado in August 2021, where I have the privilege of caring for kiddos and their families while simultaneously mending a piece of my own heart.

 Note: Because I have disclosed my current employer, I am required to state that the views expressed are my own and do not reflect the views of Children's Hospital Colorado.

Current Elected Office(s): I do not currently hold any elected offices.

What is your vision for the Fire District within our community? My vision for the Fire District within our community is one that is inclusive, trusted, and safe. When I think of firefighters and paramedics, I think of trusted individuals within a community where individuals from every walk of life can turn when they are in need of assistance. While the highest quality emergency response will always be most important, I believe that community involvement of our public safety personnel is an integral piece in developing a healthy town for families to thrive. My vision is for the Fire District to reasonably and responsibly acquire or build the necessary resources to continue to safely protect the ever-growing population of our towns, while engaging and partnering with the community to build trust in the management of the organization, offer life-saving education, and bring the community together through fun, family-focused public events.

The single most pressing issue facing our (District, Board, etc.) is _____, and this is what I plan to do about it: 
I believe the single most pressing issue facing our Fire District is the substantial population growth in our community and how that affects the Fire District’s ability to safely protect the community and themselves in emergency situations.

 I volunteered with the Citizens for a Safer Frederick-Firestone committee in 2018 and 2019, helping to educate our community about the need to increase funding for our Fire District. Our amazing community voted to provide this increased funding in 2019, which was a huge step in addressing what I believe to be the single most pressing issue. I am now running to become a Board Member to be accountable to the community after asking them to increase funding. I understand that there are many complicated components to a special district’s funding and budgeting process, and I believe that by serving on the Board of Directors I can help navigate the process and hold myself and others within the Fire District’s leadership accountable regarding the increased funding provided by the community.

What motivates you to want to become a Board Member? I was raised in a law enforcement family and have lived my entire life experiencing the selflessness and sacrifices our public safety personnel, and their families, make every day. This is no different within our Fire District, which I learned first-hand when I began volunteering with the Citizens for a Safer Frederick-Firestone committee in 2018. At the time, I had not met any of our FFFD personnel, but I quickly learned that they are the most down-to-earth, caring, talented, and dedicated individuals we could hope to protect us. The men and women of the FFFD risk their lives for our community every day. Serving them, helping to ensure they have what they need to safely protect our community and return home to their families after each shift is what motivates me to become a Board Member.  

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking these positions? I believe the community is fortunate to have a choice of four individuals who want to serve in this capacity, and I commend the other candidates for running in this election. I have had the pleasure of meeting the other candidates, but do not know any of them personally, so I cannot fairly speak to the differences between us. What I do know is that I am a driven individual with a passion to serve and I will be a fresh set of eyes upon our Fire District, if elected. I feel that the leadership within the Fire District, to include the Board of Directors, has done a wonderful job leading the organization and bringing someone new to the table is always helpful. Personal experience has taught me that someone new at the table sparks energy, creativity, and is how great organizations continue to perform well.

Describe any other issues that define why you want to serve with the Board of Directors: As answered above, I want to serve with the Board of Directors to follow through with the community after my participation in helping secure increased funding for the Fire District, as well as to serve the brave men and women of our Fire District who protect us.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle the job as a Director of the Fire District? I believe my experience at the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation, combined with my current career as a registered nurse, will serve our community well. My 14 years at the CSPFF taught me about the business side of public service; that even with the most selfless, dedicated public servants, protecting our community takes funding and honest, trustworthy people to manage the operations. I also believe that working in healthcare during one of the most challenging times in our history will help me to balance the business aspects of public service with the care and compassion needed to serve our community members when they are likely experiencing one of the worst days of their lives.

What is the most important responsibility of a Fire District Board Member? I believe the most important responsibility of a Fire District Board Member is transparency. The community will elect these Board Members and place their trust in these individuals to help run our Fire District with honesty and integrity. I believe it is vitally important for the Board Members to then be wholly transparent about the business conducted and how they are serving out their elected roles.

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your position within the community? I would like voters to know that I am fulfilled by serving others and that is solely where my desire to be elected as a FFFD Board Members lies. I am not interested in a political future, nor do I want to be in the spotlight. I am running for this Board Member position to give back to our community and the incredible people who protect us.

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Name: Jeffrey (Jeff) Jurgena, jjurgena@hotmail.comJeffrey Jurgena, Asst. Secretary

Position Sought: Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District Board Member

Family: I have been married to my wonderful wife for 22 years. Together we have raised her two daughters to be very successful in their chosen positions in medicine.

Education/Experience: I have served the community on the Parks and Trails Committee, and the Planning Commission. I served on the FFFFPD Board of Directors since 2008 until 2018 when I resigned my position due to moving into a different Ward.

Occupation Past and/or Present: I am retired after spending 36 years of my career working for heavy equipment dealerships. I have also sold RV’s and cars and trucks

Current Elected office(s): I am currently serving an appointed position on the FFFPD Board of Directors.

What is your vision for the Fire District within our community? My vision for the Fire District is to have it continue to grow along with the communities it serves while maintaining the current level of service that it currently provides.

The single most pressing issue facing our (District, Board, etc.): It is continuing the current level of service to its customers, the communities it serves, while always being mindful stewards of its finances.

What motivates you to want to become a Board Member?: I want to continue being of service to the community. The Fire District is a vital part of our community and I’m very proud to have been a member of the Board in the past. I very much look forward to continuing my service.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking these positions? While we all have a desire to serve our communities, I believe what sets me apart is my past experience and knowledge of the Fire District.

Describe any other issues that define why you want to serve with the Board of Directors:
The Fire District faces numerous challenges in the near and long-term future. I believe my experience and                 working relationships in the community can help guide us through them.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle the job as a Director of the Fire District?  I was employed within the same area of business for 38 years. In that time, I learned how to negotiate contracts,  build new business and network with businesses in a tightly knit community while being both levelheaded and               honest with those who were my customers and those who I worked with. I have participated, along with my wife, in the Firestone Santa Cops program. While serving the community, I was able to network with various  others that were involved in serving the community in other ways. That lead to me being asked to serve on the Parks and Trails Committee and then to serve on the Planning Commission.   

What is the most important responsibility of a Fire District Board Member?: To represent the Fire District with dignity and pride, and to be mindful of the duty to serve our community.

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your position within the community? As I said in my earlier responses, I am very proud to call this area my home and to do what I can to help it grow, while continuing to try to maintain the small town feel that everyone cherishes. I think the best way I can do that is to continue to be a part of the Board of Directors.

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Name: Dale Ingraham, dingraham09@gmail.comDale Ingragam Photo

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am Dale Ingraham and I am interested in being a Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District (the “District”) Board Member. I have been a resident of our communities since July 1999; both as a renter and homeowner. I have recently returned to work for a family rooted business right here in Frederick. I have the maturity and ability to relate easily to a wide range of people. I am a hard worker and used to dealing with a wide range of tasks. I am loyal, reliable, and a good team player. I am confident that I can meet and continue the highest standards set for a Board Member of the District.
I have 18 years of experience in Colorado Special Districts. I started with the District in June 2003 with the former Fire Chief Dominic Chioda administration as an Administrative Assistant. I promoted into the position of the Administrative Manager under the Retired Fire Chief Theodore Poszywak administration. I finished my career as the District’s Executive Assistant under the Fire Chief Jeremy Young administration. I have learned a lot. I was a Carbon Valley Hometown Hero in 2006 and the recipient of the El Jebel Shriners Medal of Honor in 2013. One of my strengths is that I worked directly with the District’s Board of Directors during my entire tenure with the District. I know first-hand the importance of the board members having timely and accurate information in order to set policy, make vital decisions on contracts and legal agreements, monitor annual budgets, and maintain effective community interactions.
The SDA Board Member Manual states: “The Board is the general governing body of the District, which oversees all aspects of the District and carries out the business of the District in public meetings.” With my knowledge, skills, and professionalism, I believe that I can make a significant and valuable contribution to the District’s Board of Directors. I have witnessed the service population within the District’s boundaries expand tremendously over the past 20 years. In my tenure with the District, I also witnessed the call volume increase as the service population grew. I respect and appreciate the work of the men and women of the District who are dedicated to providing absolute quality services to the residents of our communities; as well as, the people travelling through the District each day.
The way I see it, this organization thrives on maintaining high emergency services standards, saving lives and property, improving the health and safety of the firefighters and paramedics, and continuing community pride. I would be grateful for your vote to be a part of the Board of Directors of the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Yours truly,
Dale Ingraham