Our Board of Directors
Cody Davis, Chairman
Mesa County Commissioner Cody Davis is a husband, a father, a successful business owner, and a community leader. Cody was born and raised in the Grand Valley and is a fifth-generation native.
He and his wife, Alana, have five beautiful kids. They have served as foster parents for over 10 years, and count it a blessing to have adopted three children.
In November of 2020, Cody was elected as Mesa County Commissioner for District 1. He is committed to bringing both a principled and common-sense approach to local government.
Chris Nichols, Vice Chairman
City of Craig
Chris has lived in Craig, Colorado since 1984. He owned and operated businesses in Craig, Steamboat Springs, Winter Park and Granby for 33 years, and he is now retired.
He is also a retired Chief for Craig Fire & Rescue and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Fire District. He still works part time as a firefighter at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. He serves on many other Boards and believes it’s important to be involved in his community.
Bill Carlson, Treasurer
Town of Palisade
Bill has a good understanding of the western slope from the time he started kindergarten in Carbondale. His father worked at Mid-Continent in Redstone. Bill said, “I can remember driving to Denver one winter, seeing a sign that said, ‘future town of Vail Colorado.’ On the trip we were stuck in Silverthorne for three days due to a blizzard. That was when the original town of Dillion was being moved to build the Dillion reservoir and the Eisenhower tunnel drilling started. In high school, I walked down the road every day and milked cows before I went to school. Also, my best friend’s dad was a secretary of a ditch company. I learned about the value of water, and did every task there was to make sure the farmers received the water needed to grow their crops.”
Bill joined the army to get the GI bill to pay for college and was in charge of civilian and military education among many of his duties as the assistant battalion operations sergeant. At the time, 85 percent of the people that went into the army did not have a high school education. Bill said, “I had the best education record in the 7th Corp in Germany and I received an Army Commendation medal.” Bill went on to graduate from Metropolitan State College with a degree in accounting and during his senior year was president of the Accounting Association. He started volunteer income tax assistance with the IRS and the program was so successful that the dean of the accounting department made it into a 3-hour class. During the third year of operation, he had the 5th best program in the nation.
In the mid 1980’s Bill was an auditor for Central Ban Corporation, who owned all the First National Banks on the Western Slope. Bill spent time in Craig, Glenwood Springs, Aspen, and Grand Junction, and learned how each town was working through the shutdown of local oil and gas operations. In 1989 he started his tax preparation business focusing on small business and individual taxes.
Bill moved to Palisade in 2013 to help a friend with his business until he passed away. He loved it so much he decided to stay and he is currently in his third year as a Palisade Trustee.