Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Jan Burns retiring from Open Space program after 18 years

September 21, 2011

Boulder County, Colo. – Jan Burns, Real Estate Division Manager for Boulder County Parks and Open Space, is retiring after 18 years with the department. Her last day is Friday.

Since starting in 1993 as a temporary employee working out of her home in Boulder, Burns helped build and supervise a team of real estate professionals who collectively expanded the amount of county land preserved as open space or conservation easements from 15,000 to 98,000 acres. This includes more than 12,000 acres of land jointly purchased with local municipalities.

“The properties acquired during Jan’s tenure and through her efforts really define the quality of life that Boulder County is known for,” Parks and Open Space Director Ron Stewart said. “She has a wonderful ability to develop trusting bonds with property owners and sellers and her work has produced many long lasting friendships.”

Burns furthered the department’s philosophy of finding innovative ways to ensure the county’s long-term protection of the land, working closely with sellers to find common ground and structuring flexible agreements that benefit all parties while conserving public funds.

She has also overseen the development of a database that tracks all aspects of the county’s real estate deals and water rights, and the monitoring and tracking of the county’s nearly 35,000 acres of conservation easements that protect private properties from further development.

“Jan has been dedicated to public service and has become a fixture of this department that, frankly, we cannot replace,” Stewart said. “We wish her congratulations and nothing but the best in retirement.”

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