GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Surprisingly, Grand Junction and Mesa County didn't have to do much to get Governor Romney to the Grand Valley, because his people take care of a lot of the work. And as soon as the Republican presidential candidate gets here, it will all be over.
"The first we knew of it for sure was on Saturday," says Ruth Ehlers, Chair of the Mesa County Republican Party. Ehlers says local republicans didn't have to do much to see their party's presidential candidate. "We don't do any of the organizing, that's strictly done by the Romney campaign." But Ehlers is rallying the troops in case the Romney team needs anything. "We're involved in sending out notices and getting all the help we can get for this."
The Romney campaign is using the Grand Junction Police Department to help with the event. "As is customary anytime we have these visits, we have will be providing assistance from the law enforcement perspective," says Kate Porras, public information officer with the Grand Junction Police Department. That's all officials would tell us. "Because we don't want to give away any of our security plans, we can't go into those plans right now." They don't anticipate any problems, but "we will be prepared for anything," says Porras.
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Clifton Fire Department are also providing assistance. "We're providing for Governor Romney tomorrow (Tuesday), an ambulance, and an engine company, as per their request; mainly our function is to help out with any kind of crowd, medical conditions," says Greg Martin, Assistant Fire Chief with the Clifton Fire Department.
And officials encourage you to come out. "The Romney campaign has assured me that if you've sent in your name, and you've e-mailed it or called it in, that you will be allowed to get in, and to be sure to come on whether you've gotten a reply back or not," says Ehlers.
Officials say overtime pay for local police and fire will be minimal. Mesa County, and the City of Grand Junction are not involved in planning or assisting with the event.
We're told it's the fire department's call as to when the maximum occupancy has been reached for safety reasons.
Governor Romney's town hall meeting is Tuesday at Central High School.
Doors open at 9am. The event starts at 10am.