Meet Commissioner Engels
Ron Engels has lived in Gilpin County for more than 20 years. Before Gilpin County voters elected him to the office of Commissioner in 2016, he served the residents of Central City as a member of the Historic Preservation Commission, as Alderman, then as Mayor.
When he was elected to County office, Commissioner Engels left a 22 year career with the Denver Public Schools' Technology Services Department, where he was a system administrator for the District's student information system, then later for the human resources and payroll system. He finished his career at the District as the senior architect and database designer for DPS's data integration efforts, managing a team of seven developers.
In his role as County Commissioner, Engels represents the County and all residents of Colorado on the Local Government Limited Gaming Impact Committee, the Colorado Coroner's Training and Standards Board, and the Colorado Board of Health. He is the County's primary representative to Counties and Commissioners Acting Together (CCAT), joint representative to Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI), and alternate representative to Colorado Communities for Climate Action (CC4CA).
The Commissioner lives in an antique home built in 1878 in the heart of the Central City Black Hawk National Historic Landmark District. A lavish, historically accurate rehabilitation of the home is nearing completion. It is one of three structures in the Landmark District that has an individual listing on either the state or national register.
Commissioner Engels enjoys an annual elk hunting trip to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area with his extended family. He is a member of the Central City Elk's Lodge and Peak to Peak Rotary. He serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the Central City Opera House Association and is a volunteer for many community events.
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