Dierdorff resigns as El Paso County GOP chair

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Trevor Dierdorff: stepping down after only six months in the chairman's chair. - COURTESY EL PASO COUNTY GOP
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  • Trevor Dierdorff: stepping down after only six months in the chairman's chair.
El Paso County GOP chairman Trevor Dierdorff has notified the party he plans to resign within weeks.

Dierdorff was just elected to the seat in February. In April he backed his vehicle over Mel Tolbert, 79, on March 28 in downtown Colorado Springs. Though the Colorado Springs Police Department filed charges of careless driving causing death and failure to exercise due care, District Attorney Dan May immediately dismissed the charges saying they weren't appropriate because Tolbert was crossing the street outside a crosswalk.

The normal course of business would mean the vice chair, Josh Hosler, would take over. But because Dierdorff appointed past county chairman Eli Bremer to be his spokesman, some Republican faithful wonder if Bremer has designs on the office.

Here's Dierdorff's letter:
Executive Committee Members:
I regret to inform you that I intend to resign from my position as Chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party. My resignation will formally take effect at the adjournment of the Executive Committee meeting next month.

My reasons for stepping aside are largely personal, and I am looking forward to having more time and energy to devote to my family and business. I believe this is a practical time for a leadership transition with the conclusion of the Lincoln Day Dinner, and six months lead time until the 2018 caucus.

Since being elected in February, I cut our operational expenses by 50% over last year and the party will have the financial resources to pay our bills through the caucus, so my successor will be able to focus on the 2018 election immediately. I am happy to leave that legacy, though I had hoped to do more.

It has been a privilege to work with the great Republicans of El Paso County, and it is with a heavy heart that I am stepping aside. I expect to stay involved with the Republican Party and be a strong contributor to the effort to elect a Republican Governor in 2018.

Though I will remain in the position of Chairman through the next Executive Committee meeting, I will start the transition immediately. Additionally, I will be on extended travel in early September and may not be easily reachable during that time. I have appointed Eli Bremer to be the Party Spokesman and he will serve as the hub for all communication internally and externally regarding this matter.

I appreciate the trust you have put in me for this role and am sorry to know that my departure will disappoint many. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your chairman. Please know that this difficult decision was made with the best interests of our county party in mind.

I am grateful to our volunteers, donors, and elected officials who contribute so much to this cause we hold dear. You are the heart and soul of this party, and I look forward to continuing to work with you for years to come.

Thank you, Trevor Dierdorff
The next Executive Committee meeting reportedly is slated for Sept. 26.

Here's what the county party's bylaws say about replacing the chairman:
In the case of the Chairman’s death, resignation, removal from office, permanent inability to act or permanent absence from El Paso County, the Vice-Chairman shall automatically succeed to all powers and duties of the Chairman and shall immediately call a meeting of the Executive Committee to be held within 14 days. The Executive Committee may by a 2/3 vote determine that the Vice-Chairman shall complete the departing Chairman’s term. Absent such vote, the Vice-Chairman shall, within 14 days, call a meeting of the Central Committee to elect a Chairman. The Central Committee meeting shall be held within 30 days of the Executive Committee meeting.

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