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Garrison Ortiz Voted Pueblo County Commissioner at Age 26

Named Top Young Professional in Colorado of 2018, Garrison Ortiz earns admiration in his community


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GARRISON ORTIZ, 27

PUEBLO COUNTY COMMISSIONER

Before launching his political career, Ortiz founded Educate Inspire & Change Pueblo’s Youth, a program designed to help middle school students facing adversity. An MBA grad who worked as an international business consultant, Ortiz was elected to the Pueblo County Commission a year ago.

Since then, he has helped lead the Pueblo Jail Task Force, a cross-sector collaboration of local professionals and citizens to find solutions to conditions at the Pueblo County Jail. The task force’s August report gave the community the opportunity to use a local sales/use tax ballot measure to address the concerns of the failing jail with a new facility while re-purposing a part of the old facility to accommodate the need for additional treatment and detox facilities in the community.

“His ability to truly listen, understand the issue at hand and respond appropriately has earned him much admiration across the community,” says colleague Lindsay Reeves. “He is approachable and engaging in all conversations, not because he is a politician, but because he is a good person that truly believes in relationship building and working for the common good.”

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Lisa Ryckman

Lisa Ryckman is ColoradoBiz's managing editor. Contact her at lryckman@cobizmag.com.

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