Arapahoe County Commissioner race, District 3: Bockenfeld urges efficiency

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First elected in 2004, Republican incumbent Rod Bockenfeld is serving his second term as Arapahoe County commissioner representing District 3.

A native of Illinois, Bockenfeld earned a bachelor's degree in law enforcement administration from Western Illinois University. He moved to Colorado in 1978, where he began his professional career as a fraud investigator in the banking industry. In 1989 he received a diploma from the University of Colorado at Boulder Graduate School of Banking.

Prior to becoming commissioner, Bockenfeld had served on the county's Community Corrections Board and Citizen's Budget Committee. He served in leadership positions on both boards.

In his current position, he oversees the Human Resources and Public Works and Development departments, and serves on the Executive Budget Committee.

Bockenfeld resides lives in Centennial with his wife, Susan. They have five children and one granddaughter.

Colorado Community Media asked the following questions of candidates in the Arapahoe County commissioner District 3 race.

Below are Bockenfeld's answers.

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

My past experience in finance, management and criminal justice plus my eight years' experience as the current commissioner. I was elected as chairman of the Denver Regional Council of Governments in 2010, appointed by three different governors to serve on a state board, and I have been recognized by the National Association of Counties with two prestigious committee/commission appointments.

What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the county and what would you do to meet that challenge?

Our biggest challenge going forward will be the reduced funding coming from the state and federal governments. We are going to need increased efficiencies in order to maximize on protecting constituent services plus better prioritize our level of services in order to meet the needs of our communities.

The county's performance management system (Align Arapahoe) which I championed will come a long away in meeting these objectives.

What can the board of commissioners do to ensure that oil and gas drilling is done responsibly in the county?

We need to monitor the processes of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission closely to make sure it is protecting the interest of our constituents. We have already hired an oil and gas specialist to help accomplish this objective. As oil and gas drilling picks up in Arapahoe County, we plan on hiring county inspectors to monitor for state, regulation compliance.