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Cindy Houben retires as Pitkin County's community development director

Pitkin County
Cindy Houben prepares to leave the office after a long day working for Pitkin County. Houben last week announced her retirement as director of community development.

Cindy Houben last week announced that she will retire as Pitkin County’s director of community development July 1.

Houben began her career as a planner for the county in 1985 and worked her way up to director of the department.

Houben, known as an advocate for open space, helped build the Rural and Remote Zone district.

Halle Zander sat down with Houben to discuss her 37 years with the county.

Halle Zander is a broadcast journalist and the afternoon anchor on Aspen Public Radio during "All Things Considered." Her work has been recognized by the Public Media Journalists Association, the Colorado Broadcasters Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists.