La Plata County Commissioner Kellie Hotter on Tuesday was elected chairwoman of the Board of County Commissioners for 2009, replacing Commissioner Joelle Riddle, who held the position in 2008.
Hotter in 2007 was selected by a Republican committee to replace Bob Lieb, who retired. She won election in November against Democratic challenger Peter Tregillus.
Commissioner Wally White, who won re-election in November, will serve as vice chairman.
Upon assuming her new position, Hotter delivered a "State of La Plata County" address.
It touted the completion of the county's first strategic plan, which is intended to marry the day-to-day operation of government to its higher ideals and strategies.
This year the county will monitor and make changes to ensure the plan is working.
Because of the nation's shaky economy, the county is mostly maintaining its 2009 operational budgets at 2008 levels.
"We believe this fiscally conservative approach will serve us well in the uncertain times ahead," she said.
The address also noted the passage in 2008 of new gas and oil regulations.
"These regulations prioritize public health, safety and welfare, and strike a balance between the mineral estate and the surface estate in a way that we believe is fair, reasonable and responsible," she said.