Board of Directors

EFPD BoardThe Evergreen Fire Protection District (EFPD) is a Special District as established in the Colorado Statutes. The Special District Statutes can be found in Title 32 here.

Special Districts were created in recognition of the fact that Colorado communities have developed within natural areas and don’t necessarily follow county boundaries. Special Districts are formed to serve a specific function (such as Fire and EMS services), and have taxing powers over the land owners within their boundaries. One third of the EFPD is in Clear Creek County and two thirds is in Jefferson County. In both counties, the District consists of “unincorporated” land, with no government below the county level.

The EFPD is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of five volunteer members, elected by the voters in the district. The current board members are:

  • Chuck Ridings (President)
  • John Putt (Vice President)
  • Julie Ann Courim (Treasurer)
  • Stacey Ballinger (Secretary)
  • John Porter (Board Member)

EFPD Board Members BiographiesChuck Ridings – President
Charles Ridings president
Mr. Ridings brought his knowledge of the insurance industry to the district with his election in 2020. Mr. Ridings has worked with the Fire Prevention/Risk Reduction Division to help promote the importance of FireWise Communities, mitigation programs, and to support the development of our expanded CWPIP programs. Serving on the boards of five community organizations over his 30 years of volunteer work, Mr. Ridings brings an enhanced understanding and an eagerness to assist with initiatives of the District.

John Putt – Vice President
John Putt vice president
Mr. Putt has been a resident of Evergreen since December 1967. He retired as a paramedic/firefight after 35 years of service. He is a co-owner of Windermere Real Estate Services of Evergreen. His background includes the education and design of Emergency Management programs for Fire/Law/EMS/Hospital agencies funded by the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment. He is a subject matter expert for the Colorado Division of Homeland Security, Colorado Department of Emergency Management and Colorado Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center.

Stacey Ballinger – Secretary
Stacey Ballinger secretary
Mrs. Ballinger has been a resident of Jefferson County her entire life. She grew up in Applewood, raised her family in Lakewood and now lives in Evergreen where she plans on living the rest of her days. She and her husband are second generation owners in a family-run company that has been in business for 49 years, they’ve owned it for 19. She manages the human resources and financial department. They have 4 daughters. 

Julie Ann Courim – Treasurer
julie courim treasurer
Mrs. Courim has been an Evergreen resident since 2017 and mountain corridor community member for 24 years. She has 8 previous years of fire board experience with neighboring Foothills Fire & Rescue. She currently serves on the Soda Creek HOA Board and as an ambassador for the Fillius Park/Soda Creek CWPIP. She is an Information Technology and Project Management consultant with over 30 years’ experience working with local governments and public sector entities. She has an MBA in Finance & Marketing from CSU.

John Porter – Board Member
John Porter Board Member

Mr. Porter was elected to the District Board in 2020. Mr. Porter has previously worked as an emergency preparedness subject matter expert supporting federal, state, and local agencies in the development and implementation of policies related to emergency management, multi-agency unified command, terrorism preparedness, and pandemic planning. Most notably, Mr. Porter was instrumental in development of national homeland security policy following the events of September 11, 2001. With a master’s degree in Rhetorical Communication and a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications, he brings a exacting perspective to the Board of Directors.