Steven D. Olson
1668 McKenzie Court
Loveland, CO 80537
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Steve Olson was elected April 11, 2017 to a partial term effective until November, 2017. On November 7, 2017 Steve Olson was re-elected to a four year term effective until November, 2021.
From the time he first saw the Rocky Mountains in 1966, in his heart Steve was a Coloradan. Steve left Minnesota, the home of his birth and formative years, to begin a Navy career that spanned over 29 years.
Steve’s early career was that of a Hospital Corpsman. His significant assignments included service with the Marine Corps in Vietnam, assignment to Naval Hospitals Pensacola and Portsmouth and Attack Squadron 86. In his 6 years as a Hospital Corpsman, Steve attained the rank of Hospital Corpsman First Class before receiving a commission as an Ensign.
As a Naval Officer he attained the rank of Captain and over the course of his career held a wide array of leadership positions in the health care delivery field. He gained extensive experience in budgeting, operations, system design, data base management, financial management and others. Some of the key positions that Steve held include the following:
- Controller of two Naval hospitals,
- Implementation officer for placing standard hospital financial systems in Naval hospitals,
- Director, world wide collection, analysis, processing and distribution of Navy health care data,
- Interim Budget Officer for Navy’s Medical Department,
- Department of Defense Director for the Medical Expense Reporting System, a military health care unique financial reporting system
- Department of Defense Chair for committee that developed the program for billing third party payers for inpatient and outpatient care provided at military health care facilities,
- First Director, DoD Region Nine Tricare and the only Director not a physician. Lead the team that formulated the health care delivery plan for Southern California serving approximately 750,000 beneficiaries.
Upon retirement from the Navy, Steve fulfilled his dream to live in Colorado, choosing Loveland as his home since October 1997. He became active in the community almost immediately, applied for and was selected for the Loveland Planning Commission, on which he served on for about six years. More recently, Steve was appointed to the Citizens Financial Advisory Commission in 2016.
Steve’s contributed to the community through various service organizations, included Kiwanis, Rotary and Partners Mentoring Youth. He has also been a volunteer with the American Red Cross since 2000 deploying to state wide and national disasters related to fires, floods and hurricanes. Steve is also is active in the Loveland Marine Corps League and held the leadership position as Senior Vice Commander.
Several friends and business leaders encouraged Steve to continue his service to Loveland by seeking out the elected position of City Councilor, Ward 3. As it can be a challenge to represent the divergent and often opposing views of the citizens of Ward 3, Steve welcomes the comments and suggestions of the citizens he represents and encourages their frequent visits to his website (http://www.olsonforcouncil.com/home) and his Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/olsonforcouncil/).