Jerry Raehal is resigning his position as CEO of the Colorado Press Association and Colorado Press Network to become publisher of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and Rifle Citizen Telegram.
Raehal’s last working day at CPA and CPN is scheduled for July 20.
“Jerry has done an excellent job of building on the strong foundation established by his predecessors to position CPA as one of the most well-respected press associations in the country,” CPA Board President Lisa Schlichtman said. “...During his tenure as CEO, CPA changed its membership structure to include nonprofit and digital-only news outlets and also lobbied successfully to fight a number of legislative encroachments to open records law. He’s been a strong leader and advocate for Colorado’s news industry, and he will be missed, but we’re glad he’s staying in the newspaper business.”
Jill Farschman will take over as interim CEO on July 2 to allow an overlap of training with Raehal, and she will chair the search for a new full-time CEO. Farschman recently sold the monthly publications Washington Park Profile and Life on Capitol Hill to Colorado Community Media.
In addition to her newspaper background, Farschman has leadership experience in human resources, talent evaluation, consulting and with non-profit organizations. She also was a Colorado Press Association board director.
“I can think of few people more talented or passionate about what we do than Jill,” Raehal said. “We are both committed to the smoothest transition possible for the CPA and its members and the Network and its clients.”
The Post Independent is daily newspaper and The Citizen Telegram is a weekly, both covering Garfield County. They are part of the Colorado Mountain News Media, which is owned by Swift.
Raehal started as CEO for CPA and CPN, formerly SYNC2 Media, in May 2014.
“I’ve been honored and humbled to be in this position and work with so many great people and organizations,” Raehal said. “We’ve taken some significant positive steps forward, and I look forward to the next CEO taking it even further.”