Planning Commission Members

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Elizabeth "Beth" Gladney

Beth was a board member for the Pueblo Urban Renewal for 10 years and was the Chair for two years.  She was a board member for HARP Authority for approximatley four years and Chair for one year.  Her other civic commissions and/or boards include Historic Pueblo, Inc. and Pueblo South High School Alumni Foundation.

Appointed 1/1/2020. Current Term Expires 12/31/2022.
Currently serving first full term.

Donald L. Bruestle

For over 34 years, Don was an administrator of affordable housing and community redevelopment programs for city, county, and state agencies.  He was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.  He has been a resident of both the City and County of Pueblo and currently resides in the Mesa Junction neighborhood within the City of Pueblo.  When asked why he likes serving as a Planning Commissioner, Don responded, “I have professional experience in land use and development, along with professional experience in helping people build stronger communities.  I want to use my experience to help guide Pueblo County in its growth and development.”  He enjoys the climate and lifestyle of Pueblo County, as well as the cultural and ethnic diversity of the people in Pueblo County.

Appointed 1/1/2009.  Current Term Expires 12/31/2020.
Currently serving fourth full term.

Stephen Valera

Stephen was a contracting officer representative in the Army, which included overseeing base reassignment, base contracts, and base utilization and land management.  He currently serves as President of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 2430 at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  His other civic and/or community boards include East Side Child Care Board, Pueblo County Democratic Veterans Council, Southern Colorado Labor Council, and Student Veterans of America.  He holds a Masters in Social Work and was honorably discharged from the Army having served four years within the Active Duty component and four within the Colorado Army National Guard. 

Appointed 1/1/2020.  Current Term Expires 12/31/2022.
Currently serving first full term.

Kiera Hatton

Kiera is employed in real estate marketing.  She enjoys community activism through Sustainable Pueblo, the Sierra Club, Emerge Colorado, and Southeastern Colorado Solar Coalition.  She is passionate about Pueblo and, as a planning commissioner, looks forward to being a part of smart, sustainable, environmentally responsible development.  A Pueblo native, she has also lived in Missouri, New Jersey, and South Dakota.  As a planning commissioner, Kiera hopes to inspire other young professionals to become involved in activities throughout Pueblo.

Appointed 4-8-2013.  Current Term Expires 12/31/2022.
Currently seving third full term.

Michael Schuster

Mike served as the Pueblo County Assessor for two terms.  He worked at the Division of Property Taxation, State of Colorado, being part of the management team.  He was a member of the State Board of Equalization for three years, which made sure all county assessors were following the laws and guidelines that impact school finance.

Appointed 8/9/2017.  Current Term Expires 12/31/2020.
Currently serving unexpired term of John Musso.

Epimenio (Eppie) Griego, Jr.

Eppie is a lifelong Pueblo resident who resides in the Vineland area.  Having earned a machining degree, he works for the IBEW LOCAL 12 as a ground man (PAR Electric).  He is also a small business owner, operating a seasonal food vending service. Eppie was previously a Licensed Foster Parent for 17 years.  What he likes about Pueblo County is all of the opportunities to bring economic development and jobs to the community; he finds that all of the volunteer boards and commissions that he serves on have taught him how government works. As a Planning Commissioner, he enjoys being part of the community process to move Pueblo County forward in a positive manner.

Appointed 10/14/2008.  Current Term Expires 12/31/2021.
Currently serving fourth full term.

Philip Mancha

Phil retired as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Pueblo Community College in 2006.  He has served the Pueblo community as a member of numerous non-profit Boards, most recently the Pueblo City/County Library Board and the Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care.  Born and raised in a small Maryland town, Phil now lives on the south side of Pueblo.  His primary reason for joining the Planning Commission is to promote the health, safety, and welfare and the quality of living in our community.  He finds the citizens of Pueblo to be friendly and possessing of a public spirit that he finds to be inspiring.

Appointed 1/1/2013.  Current Term Expires 12/31/2021.
Currently serving third full term.

Zachary Swearingen

Zachary held multiple leadership positions throughout his military career as a United States Navy SEAL.  He is the owner/founder of a gun range in Avondale, Colorado.

Appointed 8/9/2017.  Current Term Expires 12/31/2021.
Completed term of R. Leyba.  Currently serving first full term.

Judy Leonard

Judy Leonard currently serves on the Pueblo West Metropolitan Board and is responsible for the operational decisions impacting Pueblo West and active interaction with the County Commissioners.  She is also the liaison between the Pueblo West Metropolitan Board and the Committee of Architecture.  Previously, she worked at the Pueblo West Metropolitan District for 27 years with experience in land sales including zoning, covenants, permits, and land usage; served as administrative assistant to the district manager; and worked in the finance department and has vast working knowledge of the streets and roads department.   Judy holds a degree in Business Administration.  She likes working with the community as a member of the Planning Commission.

Appointed 2/18/2015.  Current Term Expires 12/31/2020.
Currently serving second full term.


Please note that it is inappropriate to personally contact individual County Commissioners or Planning Commission members while an application is pending.  Such contact is considered ex parte communication and will have to be disclosed as part of the public hearings on the matter.  If you have any concerns, you should contact staff, write a letter or present your concerns at the public meeting so your comments can be made part of the record.