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Ken Brenner, Routt County Trustee
Ken Brenner, who is from a third-generation ranch family in Routt County, became the college's District Five trustee in the fall of 2011.
Brenner's early years were spent working on the ranch and enjoying the Yampa Valley. After four years at Colorado State University, he returned to Steamboat Springs to coach Alpine ski racing and attend Colorado Mountain College, where he completed the health and fitness technology program. He then earned a bachelor's degree in sports medicine from Regis University.
After his sister, Patty, was tragically killed in 1992 while running on a local trail, Brenner shifted his energy to community recreation and conservation issues. His first foray into politics was via a grant that funded a five-mile trail from Steamboat Springs into the National Forest to provide safe public access to public lands.
Starting in 1998, Brenner served eight years on the Steamboat Springs City Council and was council president from 2005 to 2007. He also served on the Routt County Planning Commission for almost two years and represented Steamboat Springs on the Colorado Municipal League, Colorado Association of Ski Towns, Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado and Yampa River Legacy Project.
As a college, Brenner said, "we must continue conservative budgeting in order to keep the educational opportunities at CMC the most affordable in the state."
Brenner works as a strength and conditioning coach and operates Performance Sports Medicine, and is president of the Friends of the Yampa, board member of the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District and the Yampa River Legacy Project Board.