New titles, familiar faces: Recent hires at Snowmass Village have deep community roots

Snowmass Village Clerk Megan Boucher stands in front of Town Hall Monday, January 31, 2022.
Kaya Williams / The Snowmass Sun

Snowmass Village Clerk Megan Boucher didn’t have to move her belongings far to move into the office previously occupied by Rhonda Coxon.

His new office at City Hall is just a stone’s throw from the Snowmass Village Police Department, where Boucher served as police records manager for six years.

The new job had a “steep learning curve,” she said, but it’s also in her wheelhouse as an “expanding of duties and a stronger connection and dedication to the city.”

Boucher’s roots run deep in the valley: she began visiting Aspen Snowmass as a child and moved here in the late 1990s, drawn by the “nostalgia” and “a level of comfort with the area” that she has now called home for more than two decades.

Snowmass Village Police Officer Kara Hall stands in front of Town Hall on Sunday, January 30, 2022.
Kaya Williams / The Snowmass Sun

It’s a bond also felt by two other recent City recruits. Boucher’s successor as police records manager is Meg Braisted, a Valley native and former Pitkin County emergency dispatcher, who grew up in Old Snowmass and did just about “everything you can think” through various concerts in Snowmass Village.

And Snowmass Village’s newest police officer, Kara Hall, lived in the valley from 2009 to 2018 before a three-year stint with Summit County law enforcement. Prior to that, Hall spent two years as a deputy with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and also held various positions in the area.

“I’m just super happy to be here, and I can’t wait to see what the career brings here,” Hall said. “I plan to stay – this is my home.”

For the three of them, working for and being part of Snowmass Village operations is first and foremost about serving the community.

“The community here is quite special – I don’t think you can find another like this,” Hall said.

There seems to be a unique appreciation and dedication that residents of Snowmass Village have for their town, unlike those at other resort destinations, Hall said. And this applies as much to those who have recorded decades of residence as to those who have vacationed here.

“They love this place, which shows,” Hall said. “They actually have a vested interest in this community…and even the tourists who come here, second home owners seem to have a vested interest in this place and seem to really like this community.”

Boucher felt that too, both during her time as a Valley local and during her lifetime of appreciation for the area.

“So much has changed, but so much is still the same,” Boucher said. “When you look at the beauty of the location and some of the long time locals who carry on this tradition, it is definitely worth building and continuing to support (the community).”

Snowmass Village Police Records Manager Meg Braisted stands outside the police department Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.
Kaya Williams / The Snowmass Sun

Same with Braisted.

“I love this valley for the community and of course the natural resources that we have – hiking and biking, rafting, etc.,” Braisted said. “It’s just a really unique place and obviously something I couldn’t give up.”

It’s a community that gives back to the people who serve it, according to Hall and Braisted.

Hall appreciates that she can see the impact of her work and can track the progress of the people she helps not only with the usual police cases, but with other life challenges like mental health. , coping mechanisms or housing.

“I appreciate the relationship that citizens have with the police department, and I think it’s one of those special places where you can spend time helping people and what may not be considered a traditional law enforcement capability,” Hall said. .

And as Braisted noted, the police department — and the city as a whole — seem to embrace those who show a commitment to the community.

“These people will take care of you. … Just knowing that the town of Snowmass and the police department is such a community and such a family, it certainly eased the new learning curve a bit,” Braisted said.

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