Garfield County expanding Latino outreach

July 9, 2021

Garfield County is working with local leaders to improve communications with the Latino community throughout the region. The first meeting of the Latino Community Committee takes place at 6:30 p.m. on July 21, at the Board of County Commissioners’ (BOCC) meeting room in Glenwood Springs for a kick-off session, which is open to the public.

Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky is the county’s liaison on the committee. The county and committee are meeting monthly in local municipalities to garner as much input as possible from the community. The Latino Community Committee reports to the BOCC every four months.

“This committee is a bridge for communication between the county and the Latino community,” Jankovsky said. “I am honored to represent the BOCC as the liaison to this newly formed committee.”

“Roughly 30 percent of Garfield County residents are Hispanic, and for a community to thrive, succeed, and grow, we must work as ‘one community,’” added Crystal Mariscal of the Latino Community Committee. “Our duty as constituents is to ask for accountability, but also to offer our support and guidance. We are investing our time to create bridges; this is not a political issue, but rather a community dialogue.”

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