“This is excellent news for our state, but even better news for our Region,” said San Miguel County Commissioner Joan May, expressing support for the appointment.
“Allan’s many years of experience working here – in two counties – will serve Colorado well.”
According to Gerstle, his appointment will allow Western Colorado to have more of a voice in statewide human service decisions.
“I am honored to be able to provide a rural perspective, and to have input on the programs that are being delivered,” he said. “We face different issues over here – what happens when you need care and you are 65 miles from a hospital? What happens when there is no pharmacy nearby, and no transportation?”
The insight Gerstle has gained from his 29 years of working in San Miguel and Ouray counties will now benefit all of Colorado.
“I am honored to be asked to serve, and to be able to help with the transition process and with identifying goals and opportunities for the new administration,” Gerstle said, “and I am optimistic about the future. Being included in the transition team indicates that Western Colorado will not be ignored when this administration is seated.”