Board of Directors » Montezuma County Hospital In Cortez, CO
- The District is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of seven members to be elected in accordance with C.R.S. §32-1-804 as amended. In order to serve on the Board, a candidate must meet all of the qualifications as stated in the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Colorado and shall be an eligible elector of the District on or before the date the term of office begins.
- Vacancies on the Board shall be filled in accordance with C.R.S. §32-1-905 as amended by appointment to the Board by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Board to serve until the next regular election at which time that position on the Board shall be filled by election for any remaining unexpired portion of the term pursuant to C.R.S. §32-1-905.
- If the Board fails, neglects, or refuses to fill any such vacancy within 60 days of the occurrence of the vacancy, the Montezuma County Commissioners may fill the vacancy in accordance with the provisions of C.R.S. §32-1-905.
William (Bill) Thompson received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of North Dakota, completed a Master of Arts Degree from Minnesota State University and did post graduate work at the University of Montana, Missoula.
He has lived in the Cortez community for 34 years and has devoted the majority of those years in an administrative position with the RE-1 School District. He brings to the Board 26 years of working with other boards, interested in what the public thinks prior to final decisions, budget experience, and experience with public building projects.
Fred M. DeWitt has faithfully served on the MCHD Board for the past 13 years. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and has lived in Montezuma County for the past 17 years.
Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country from 1955 to 1958. He brings to the Board an extensive background in general construction including commercial and industrial interiors, houses, high-rise buildings, hospitals, and all major type of construction. During Mr. DeWitt’s tenure on the MCHD Board he has served in the capacity of Secretary/Treasurer for 12 years and possesses a wealth of information concerning the workings of special districts in the State of Colorado.
Dean Matthews is the current Vice Chairperson of the Montezuma County Hospital District Board of Directors. He was born in Flagstaff AZ and raised in Cortez. He has lived in the area for 35 years. He finished high school in St. Louis MO and attended Fort Lewis College. He worked on his uncle’s ranch as a young man in the Gunnison area in the summers, then worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska until starting electrical work.
He has been doing electrical contracting, general contracting and land development for the last 20 years. He believes his knowledge of contracting, developing and construction is an asset to the Board.
Brad Wayt is the current Chairperson for MCHD. He was born and raised in Cortez and has lived in the area most of his life. After graduating from MCHS, he received both a B.S. and B.A. Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Later he received his M.A. Degree in Education Administration from Western State Colorado University.
He retired after 38 years in the school setting and currently works part time as a regional coordinator for WSCU’s education department. He is a member of several community service organizations. Brad recognizes the importance of a high quality healthcare system and the critical role it plays in the life of a healthy community.
Gala Pock grew up on a farm west of Pleasant View, but spent her working years in Oregon. She holds a B.S. from Oregon College of Education, with a major in Economics & Business Administration. Upon retiring, she moved back to Colorado, and resides on what was her grandparents’ homestead.
Gala’s working career was in accounting in the for profit and nonprofit sectors, and in government; County and Special Districts. For many years, she was an officer and shop steward in various governmental unions.
Jay Harrell was born in Indiana, but his dad was a minister, so he moved from place to place the majority of his life. He is a graduate of Purdue University and went on to join the Army Reserves as a First Lieutenant.
He has held various positions throughout his working career, such as being a manager at a chemical treatment plant, a general contractor, registered sanitarian, owner of a water treatment company, and a home builder. He has lived in Cortez for the past 3 years.