Right in the middle of this series about Rifle’s City Council members, there was a change in the lineup. Pursuant to City code, Annick Pruitt had to leave her position earlier this summer after moving outside of City limits. At the August 8th Council meeting, Clint Hostettler was appointed to serve out the remainder of her term.
So who is Clint Hostettler? Many of you may already know him. He was born in Glenwood Springs, raised in Silt and attended Rifle High School. He went to work for Walker Electric in 1997 and bought the business in 2013. His wife, Barbara, is a 911 dispatcher and he has three kids. Kohl Keithley is a junior at Colorado State University, Gaije Keithley is a senior at Rifle High School and Blayke Hostettler is in the 7th grade at Rifle Middle School.
Clint’s desire to be a City Council member stems from a true dedication to the City itself and a desire to be more involved.
“I want to serve the people of Rifle. I believe this town has given me a lot. I love this town and want to give back. I really don’t have any set goals. I am planning to get to know the rest of Council and familiarize myself with the issues at hand. My only goal right now is to do what’s best for the City of Rifle.” Clint is quick to point out that he thinks the City has a number of positive attributes including the endless amount of things to do and, most importantly, the people.
“I think Rifle has many great assets. There are not a lot of places where you can do all of the things that Rifle has to offer. I do think that our biggest asset is our people. We have a bunch of great people living in this town that possess the values that make this a great place to live.”
Maintaining that atmosphere helped motivate Clint to make the run for the seat on Council.
“I think the greatest concern for me would be as our town continues to grow that our virtues and values do not change. I love the way that the people around here will rally around a problem until it is solved. I appreciate every relationship that I have been able to build over the last 20 or so years, whether it be business or personal.” In fact, Clint feels his favorite thing about Rifle is the relationships he’s established here. And it’s no wonder. Walker Electric has an A rating from the Better Business Bureau and near perfect online reviews. Clearly, Clint’s rapport with the community from personal and business perspectives has been a recipe for success. There is little doubt that this same ability will carry over to public service. So how does he envision the future of our town?
“My vision for the future is that Rifle stay the way Rifle is right now. I know that will never happen entirely, but when you have something this great why would you want to change it?”
Perfectly stated Councilor.
Each week or so for the next several months, we will be highlighting our City Council members. If you have suggestions for future articles or questions you would like answered, please contact Kathy Pototsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.