Samuel Albrecht officially signed with Elbert County on Sept. 27 as its new county manager.
Albrecht replaces Ed Ehmann, who resigned in June after more than three years as county manager.
Albrecht, who has a Parker address but lives in Elbert …
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Albrecht, who has a Parker address but lives in Elbert County, is originally from northern Alabama and attended Auburn University on scholarship from the U.S. Air Force, for which he served in Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield.
He has a degree in aerospace engineering and a master's in business administration.
Albrecht and his wife, a Littleton native, have lived in Elbert County since 2010. They have two children, three Labrador retrievers, two cats, a hamster and a turtle, "so you could say we are animal people," Albrecht said.
In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping, and serving as an assistant Scout leader for his son's Boy Scout troop.
As he starts his new position, he answered questions recently for the Elbert County News:
Why did you apply for the position of Elbert County manager?
I grew up in a county similar to Elbert County and feel that I can relate well to the rural, hard-working citizens that call Elbert County home. The position description intrigued me, and after some research into the position, I decided to throw my name in the hat.
What is your past work experience related to the job of county manager?
My first duty station was at Schriever Air Force Base (at that time it was called Falcon Air Force Base) down in El Paso County. After that, I was transferred to Los Angeles Air Force Base. What I learned most about my time in the military was that I wasn't really doing any engineering, I was leading teams focused on a common mission.
After my seven years in the U.S. Air Force, I started working for nonprofits. I soon began running nonprofits as the executive director or CEO. Several of these nonprofits were around the same population as Elbert County, with many employees and large budgets, and elected boards of directors. Teamwork, facilitation, and having a common vision helped me succeed in these positions.
In what area(s) do you believe Elbert County is currently succeeding?
I think we can look around and see the growth challenges that three of our county neighbors (El Paso, Douglas, and Arapahoe) have had over the past years and hopefully learn how to plan accordingly. I have talked to all three county officials in a similar position to mine and they've offered to help me understand some of the struggles that they went through. I believe that we all realize that Elbert County is going to have to address growth - if the population of Denver and Colorado follows projections. Our master plan revision is underway, and seems to be looking at all reasonable options to help guide this growth.
What do you see as the most pressing challenges to address within the county?
I'll go again with growth, but the challenge is to balance our desire for a rural lifestyle, private property rights, and planned economic growth to provide additional revenue for the population.
What would you say to the citizens of Elbert County about the current growth trends, and what do you believe must be done to further prepare Elbert County for growth?
Be a part of the planning process and let your voice be heard through that process.
If you could make one major change in the county or its infrastructure, what would it be and who would it impact most?
Ask me again in six months!
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