Delta County has announced that Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry has accepted the position of community and economic development director. She will take up her duties here on May 1.
Ackerman-Casselberry leaves a post as Northwest Region director for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to begin her job with Delta County.
The county administration reports that Ackerman-Casselberry's post is not considered a new one in the county even though the title has never been used before. The county has a part-time contract planner and Ackerman-Caselberry's job will be a three-quarter-time post entailing assigned duties in the planning department along with grant writing, county administrator Robbie LeValley told the DCI.
Ackerman-Casselberry has worked with local governments for 16 years in varying roles with a background in economic development, long-range planning, grant writing, public administration and finance, public policy, community engagement and strategic planning.
A Western Slope native, she grew up in Montrose and Durango, and has lived in Delta County for seven years with her husband and four boys. She has understanding of the challenges and tremendous opportunities ahead of Delta County, and is excited to bring her experience and background from her work across western Colorado to the place she calls home.
She is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in environmental studies, and a graduate of Prescott College with a master's degree in ecology and resource management. She is an adjunct professor with Adams State University.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.