Steamboat Springs Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak recently received a statewide award for distinguished service.
At its annual winter conference, held two weeks ago in Colorado Springs, Colorado Counties Inc. presented Stahoviak with an award honoring Stahoviak’s longtime service to Northwest Colorado, where she has been a part of the Routt County Board of Commissioners since 1993. The distinguished service award is the only one of its kind awarded annually by Colorado Counties Inc., a statewide organization that also handed out awards to its 2009 rookie commissioner and commissioner of the year.
Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger nominated Stahoviak for the distinguished service award, which he said commemorates years of dedication to constituents.
“I think it was appropriate that she got some recognition for what she has done for the people of Northwest Colorado,” Monger said. “It’s a pretty thankless job in here sometimes. … She’s represented Routt County’s interests extremely well at the state” level.
Stahoviak said last week she wasn’t expecting the award.
“I was surprised, and I was really honored,” Stahoviak said. “Any time you’re acknowledged by your peers, who do the same things you do, it makes it all the more special.”
Stahoviak said the award easily could have gone to an office next door to hers in the Routt County Courthouse.
“Doug and I have a mutual respect for each other,” she said about Monger, her longtime colleague as a commissioner. “In my opinion, he could have gotten the award.”
Stahoviak moved to Routt County in 1976, when she left the Front Range for Oak Creek. After initial steps into community involvement through child care and land-use groups, she ran for the Oak Creek Town Board, served as mayor for two years and spent five years as the board’s treasurer. She is now more than a year into her fifth consecutive term as a county commissioner. Stahoviak has been challenged for that post only once, in 2004, when she won with 72 percent of the vote.
Through the years, she has been involved with groups including the South Routt Community Center board, South Routt Early Learning Center board, advisory board for the Community Agriculture Alliance, First Impressions of Routt County, Yampa Valley Housing Authority, the Yampa Valley Medical Center Board of Trustees, the Rural Consortium Workforce board, the Vision 2030 Committee, the Steamboat Springs Economic Development Council and the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative.
In 2008, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. named Stahoviak the 20th local woman to receive the Hazie Werner Award for Excellence.
Mary Alice Page-Allen, asset/program manager for the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, said Stahoviak is more than deserving of the recognition from Colorado Counties Inc.
“I can’t think of a better person to have gotten that award,” Page-Allen said. “She works so hard.”
Ed MacArthur, president of the Housing Authority’s board, said Stahoviak always is prepared to discuss any issue that comes before the commissioners, and she makes sure her decisions are informed.
“She is probably one of the fairest individuals when it comes to making decisions, in all matters, that I have met,” MacArthur said about Stahoviak. “She really does her homework.”