Ross Wilmot was elected commissioner in 1881, but resigned after four months in office to move to Hotchkiss, Colorado. Wilmot, a native of Deerfield, Illinois, moved to Colorado in 1871 and eventually settled in Evergreen. There he worked with his brother, Dwight P. Wilmot, for several years. After moving to Hotchkiss, he became a leading cattleman in the North Fork Valley and operated a large ranch on Rogers Mesa. He was a charter member of the Hotchkiss I.O.O.F. (International Order of the Odd Fellows) lodge.