Rich Ferdinandsen was appointed Commissioner in April 1983 to succeed deceased Commissioner Walt Tomsic, and was elected to two additional terms in 1984 and 1988. Commissioner Ferdinandsen was active in several major regional issues concerning water, transportation, growth, intergovernmental cooperation, and land use. He served on several boards and commissions, including the Denver Regional Council of Governments, Urban Drainage and Flood Control, Northwest Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Regional Air Quality Council. Commissioner Ferdinandsen originated and served as Chairman of the Jefferson County Community Corrections Board, the Rocky Flats Impact Initiative, and the W-470 Highway Authority. He was also active in Colorado Counties, Inc. Prior to his terms as Commissioner, Ferdinandsen, a professional economist, served as Assistant Director of Colorado State Parks. He is a United States Marine Corps veteran and graduate of the University of Colorado.