Palmer's departure makes room on YVEA

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— The board of directors of Yampa Valley Electric Association will not appoint a replacement for the recently departed Mark Palmer, but instead wait for the regular June election when Palmer's three-year term was due to come up for renewal anyway.

Palmer, a longtime Steamboat resident, was completing his first term on the board. He left Steamboat this week to begin a new position as the Resource Efficient Building coordinator in the city of San Francisco's Department of the Environment.

YVEA's Jim Chappell said the nine-member board accepted Palmer's recommendation and decided to leave the position unfilled until the election. To fill it less than six months before the election might have created an unfair situation that would allow someone to become an incumbent, Chappell explained. He is YVEA's manager of consumer accounts.

"Mark's presence on the board will be deeply missed," Chappell said. "He brought a new vision to the board."

Palmer worked as a consultant to the building trades, advising them on sound environmental and energy efficient practices. He said he is looking forward to applying his experience with a small group of specialists who are working to make the city of San Francisco more livable.

"My work will focus on existing city buildings and new city construction projects to ensure that they are energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable and healthy, secure places for people to work and visit," Palmer said.

In Steamboat, Palmer was known for his association with the local chamber orchestra as well as his professional associations. He lived here for 27 years.

"I have been very fortunate to have made many friends and deep personal ties in this community," Palmer said. "I will especially miss my close association with the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, Habitat Design and Constructions and Yampa Valley Electric Association."

Chappell said people interested in running for Palmer's vacated seat this spring will be able to pick up nomination petitions by early April. They must be returned to the YVEA office on Tenth Street by 5 p.m., May 2.

Palmer represented District 7, which includes the entire city limits. Candidates must live within the city and their names must be on their account with YVEA, Chappell said.

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