Michael Yerman has served in local government for the past 12 years. He served as the Community Development Director of the Town of Crested Butte and the City of Salida. At the Town of Crested Butte, he managed the Town’s building, planning, historic review design board, affordable housing, GIS, and trails and open space lands staff and operations. During the six years as a Community Development Director, he oversaw the construction or acquisition of 101 new deed restricted affordable housing units, a complete rewrite of the Town’s affordable housing guidelines, the conservation of 4,500 acres of open space and ranch lands, an extensive update to the Town National Historic District’s design guidelines, the construction or remodeling of multiple municipal buildings and infrastructure, and the implementation of a short-term rental excise tax to fund affordable housing.
As the Community Development Director for the City of Salida, he assisted in the creation and redevelopment of the Town’s Historic District, prepared the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, and completed an overhaul of the Town’s zoning and subdivision Code to encourage economic development and land use optimization. He also wrote and oversaw project management of numerous grants for the expansion of the Town’s Riverside park, whitewater park, event center, Town Hall, and Salida trail system.
He has recently started assisting with disaster recovery efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic as a disaster recovery planner for the Southern Colorado Economic Development District (SCEDD). He is preparing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and providing planning technical assistance to the 13 member counties within SCEDD’s rural district. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Urban Planning. He is currently completing a Masters of Public Administration at the University of Colorado.