Board of Directors

2020 Board meetings:

January 8th
February 12th
March 11th (Pension Board)
April 8th
May 13th (First Meeting after Board Election)
June 10th
July 8th
August 12th
September 9th (Pension Board)
October 14th
November 11th (Public Budget Hearing)
December 9th (Budget Ratification)

David Craig


David comes to the Board with over 30 years of hospitality experience. His diverse background includes resort, luxury hotel and membership club experience. He has engaged in a variety of resort property management positions from Cape Cod, MA to Aspen, Snowmass Village, and Denver. David has been at the C Lazy U Ranch as General Manager since March of 2013. He is married to Kristin and has 2 step daughters.

David’s email is

Mindy Nelson

Vice President

Mindy’s email is

Dick Romshek


Dick Romshek and wife Ann, moved here year-round in 1984. We have three grown children and 6 (at this writing) grandchildren. Like many, we have worked a variety of jobs to make it in Grand County, my latest was with East Grand Schools as a teacher and coach. I’ve always loved the fire service, and am a retired volunteer with GLFPD. Thanks for the opportunity to serve as a member of the Board!

Dick’s email is

Chris Ruske


Chris and the Ruske family have been lifelong members of the Grand Lake community. In fact, the Ruske family was instrumental in establishing the original fire department after the family lost their business in the Pine Cone fire in October of 1943. For a great story, ask him about the first “fire truck” to serve the community, which was a converted Packard Town Car. Chris joined Grand Lake Fire in 1971 and has proudly served in many positions in the department over the years.

Chris’ email is

Hecky Heckendorf

Hecky’s email is

Related Information:

Grand Lake Fire Protection District is considered a Special District of the State and complies with all applicable Colorado Revised Statutes.

Grand Lake Fire Protection District is governed by a five-person, non-partisan board that is elected by registered voters of the District. Board members are elected for four-year terms in alternating election years and are term-limited for no more than two consecutive terms. As a result, there are at least two members elected every two-years. If a Board member vacates their seat, per Colorado Revised Statutes, the remaining Board of Directors appoint the new Board member from interested electors. The appointed Board member serves until the next election.

The Fire Board is charged with diverse responsibilities. Specifically, the Board establishes policy,  approves annual budgets, and hires the Fire Chief.

The Board of Directors adopted the following Code of Conduct on October 14, 2015:

Grand Lake Fire Protection District

Board of Directors Code of Conduct

To ensure a positive and proactive Fire Protection District operating efficiently and effectively and in the best interest of our community we endorse the following code of conduct:

    • We operate at the highest level of integrity as defined by open and honest communication and ethical action.
    • We practice trust with one another and will harbor no hidden agendas
    • We engage in active listening and will demonstrate respect for all opinions. We seek to find the gem of wisdom in everyone’s contribution to the conversation.
    • We all work under the same flag and for the same important community, and as such:

      • We avoid the creation of cliques by keeping Board business in Board Meetings
      • We recognize that the formation of cliques erodes trust and is ultimately counterproductive
    • We are professionals who plan carefully. We avoid ambush tactics and we work to use the agenda as our vehicle for communicating upcoming topics.
    • New issues are brought up in accordance with the agenda and should include ample time to review content and provide opportunity for discussion.

      • On occasion this may require tabling the issue in order to allow further research prior to including the topic at the next board meeting.
    • We strive to stay on topic, adhere to the agenda, focus on policy and avoid minutia.
    • We recognize that the most effective Board is all-inclusive and everyone is responsible for, and owns the outcome. Furthermore we agree that once a decision has been made, it is the decision of our board and we all actively support the decision.
    • We acknowledge that special district boards are non-partisan and we will avoid letting party politics influence our decision-making.
    • We recognize that we make decisions based upon the best long-term interests of the GLFPD community and department.
    • We honor the need for confidentiality in all respects, including but not limited to matters discussed in executive session, personnel issues and the careful distribution and storage of all documents whether on paper or technology based.
    • We acknowledge that conflict is sometimes a necessary step to achieve results of which we can be proud, but we will disagree without being disagreeable and we will not take matters personally.
  • We will support Title 32 and specifically endorse;

“All governing authority resides with the Board acting as a whole.” *

*TITLE 32-1-1001(1), TITLE 24-6—402(8)