Weld County resident starts GoFundMe to improve transparency among commissioners

The Complete Colorado: A Weld County resident fed up with a lack of transparency by the Board of Weld County Commissioners has started a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising $60,000 to start his own live streaming channel.

Bill Gillard, 71, is no stranger to Weld County. He lived in Greeley from 2001 to 2007 and ran for both Greeley City Council and Mayor of Greeley. He moved to the San Francisco area in 2008 to become the project manager on an expansion to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) subway system.

Gillard moved back to Greeley in early 2018 and immediately started watchdogging the commissioners when he found out about a training trip to Breckenridge for Weld employees and others, a training he said was more like a vacation. The commissioners spent $30,000 more than planned for the emergency management training that was originally budgeted at $15,000.

“And I found out that commissioners (Barbara) Kirkmeyer and (Steve) Moreno left early,” Gillard told Complete Colorado by phone on Wednesday. “It was a waste of taxpayer money.”

Reclassification of Weld County Road 29 and commissioner Mike Freeman’s role in that, an ethics complaint against Commissioner Julie Cozad that Weld voters eventually paid more than $12,000 in legal fees for, Martin Marietta zoning issues, and other use by special review failures by the board also led to his decision, he said.

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