Val served on the Colorado Springs City Council from 2011-2015. His city council experience included:
- Chair of the Colorado Springs Oil and Gas Committee where he guided the city to thoroughly evaluate the complexities of local oil and gas development
- Co-Chair of the Drake Task Force study resulting in his gaining an understanding of the intricacies of the future impendent retiring of the Drake Power Plant
- Chair of the Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control and Greenway District (often known as the Fountain Creek District), understanding the issue of watershed health, it’s relation to local flood control, and current complex stormwater legal issues
- Chair of the Regional Building Commission which provides residential and commercial building inspections for the Pikes Peak Region resulting in his understanding of the benefits of residential and commercial real estate for the Colorado Springs economy
- Completion of the final stage of the Southern Delivery System (SDS), providing reliable water for Colorado Springs for the next 50 years
- Val was a Waldo Canyon evacuate in 2012. He is eternally grateful for the supreme efforts of the Colorado Springs Fire Department for establishing a fire-line that stopped the fire from destroying his house. Also his gratitude extends to the Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) for reconnecting in record time Mountain Shadows that was shut completely off from the fire it water, gas, electricity, and wastewater
Val’s community and volunteer experience includes:
- Colorado Springs Planning Commission in 2001-2006 gaining invaluable knowledge on the dynamics of residential and commercial real estate development.
- Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Legislative Watch Council in 2003-2005. He learned how government and regulation can affect business, pro and con.
- 2004 Colorado Springs Citizens Academy and the El Paso County College, which exposed Val to the inner department workings of both the city of Colorado Springs and El Paso County.
- In 2005 Val was selected to serve on the Colorado Springs Charter Review Commission. The Charter serves as a mini constitution for Colorado Springs and sets the basic framework for how the city is to be governed.
- Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) Citizens Advisory Committee, which advises the PPACG Board of Directors on topics such as regional transportation planning, the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging, air quality and water quality, military planning for the community, and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA.)
- In 2008-2011 Val served on the Board of Directors for Parkside at Mountain Shadows Homeowners Association, learning the dynamics and management of safe, vibrant neighborhoods.
- 2003 to 2010 Val volunteered to serve The Home Front Cares, a local non profit that provides an emergency financial bridge and responsive support to Colorado’s military members, veterans and their families.