Colorado Parks and Wildlife honored longtime Pitkin County Board Commissioner Jack Hatfield on his last official day in office on Jan. 8. To honor his years of service, local wildlife officers presented him with a letter signed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director Rick Cables and a framed photo of a trophy-sized bull elk.

Wildlife officers from Pitkin County say they will miss his strong stance protecting wildlife, calling Hatfield a “true supporter and champion for wildlife.”

“A guy like Jack is rare,” said Area Wildlife Manager Perry Will. “We were glad he was there to help us preserve the resource.”

In the framed letter presented to Hatfield CPW Director Cables wrote, “You have always stood up in the face of opposing views and pressures to champion for wildlife. Our local field officers have greatly appreciated your support and understanding. Thank you for your unwavering dedication to Colorado’s wildlife resource.”

Hatfield served the public for 28 years, including a stint on the Snowmass Village Town Council, and most recently on the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners where he served for the last 12 years.

The honors, photo and presentation of the framed letter surprised Hatfield. The longtime commissioner said it was “his proudest moment of public service.”

Hatfield, a native of Florida, has lived in Pitkin County for the past 32 years. He served two terms as Pitkin County Commissioner. In addition, he served two terms on Snowmass Village Town Council and one term on Snowmass Water and Sanitation Board. He holds degrees in philosophy and American history, and is the sole proprietor of a property management company.

Image courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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