PINEDALE – The Sublette County Rural Health Care District Board of Trustees has selected its newest trustee, John Godfrey, to fill the vacancy left from Kathy Anderson’s resignation. Godfrey will hold the seat until the next general election in November 2018.
The board held a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Big Piney Town Hall to appoint Godfrey.
Godfrey retired as the Managing Director of the Western Railroad Association in 1995, following a 30-year career in the railroad industry. Although born and raised in Cheyenne and a graduate of the University of Utah, Godfrey’s career took him to Chicago for 25 years. While in the Midwest, he was active in community affairs and politics, holding elected office as a Lisle Park District Commissioner for twelve years. The park district served a population of 30,000 people. During his term as a commissioner, Godfrey chaired the district’s Finance Committee and served as Board Chairman overseeing the building of a water park, lakes and pathway project, a golf course and a sports complex.
In 1996, Godfrey and his wife Jackie relocated to Pinedale, where they had vacationed for fifteen years with their family. In joint partnership with the National Railroad Labor Conference in Washington D.C., the Godfreys opened a consulting business, headquartered in Pinedale, which conducted training classes for railroad management employees.
Upon moving to Pinedale, he resumed his commitment to community service. Working with the Chamber of Commerce, he engineered the passage of a countywide lodging tax to support the promotion of tourism within Sublette County. He served as Chairman of the Tourism Promotion Board for seven years and was instrumental in getting the Sublette County Visitor Center built.
“I’m honored the health care board saw fit to select me to fill the vacant seat on the board," Godfrey said. "There is nothing more important to our county community than a sustainable health care system. It is essential. We literally can’t live without it. I hope to make a positive contribution toward realizing that goal.”
The Board of Trustees is the policymaking body of the health care district and has the ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances.