President: William Bell, Montrose city managerRepresents medium population category; term expires June 2018William Bell earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Wyoming before taking contract law and conflict resolution classes at Pepperdine University School of Law, and returning to the University of Wyoming for a master's degree in public administration. Before entering city management, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant in criminal justice, a forensic psychiatric technician, an assistant county planner, and graduate policy assistant. He has served as a city administrator in Nebraska and Wisconsin before assuming the position of city manager in Montrose.
Vice President: Carol Dodge, Northglenn mayor pro temRepresents medium population category; term expires June 2018Carol Dodge was elected to her first term on the Northglenn City Council in 2009 and ran unopposed in 2013 for her current second term, in which she is serving as mayor pro tem. She has owned and operated a successful small business, Dodge Sign Co., in Northglenn for more than 20 years, and the company received the Outstanding Community Impact Award from the City in 2013. Carol currently serves as council liaison to the Northglenn Youth Commission, the Northglenn Senior Organization, and the Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation. She also serves as the DRCOG alternate member and has been on the CML Policy Committee since 2009. Carol has been an advocate for north area transit projects, neighborhood revitalization, community involvement, and numerous volunteer organizations.
Secretary-Treasurer: Dave Edwards, Palisade mayor pro temRepresents small population category; term expires June 2018 Dave Edwards has worked as chief accountant at Hennepin County Medical Center; controller of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island; fiscal director of Metropolitan Health Plan in Minneapolis; and for 10 years as managing auditor of a regional accounting firm. He also served as treasurer of his student bar association; on the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission; as treasurer of a GLBTQ youth center (where he helped create a homeless shelter for GLBTQ youth); on the executive committee of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association; as president of Congregations Mayim Rabim and Ohr Shalom; and as president of the Friends of the Mesa County Library. Dave is mayor pro tem of the Town of Palisade; vice president of the 5 2 1 Drainage Authority; and board liaison to the Palisade Planning Commission.
Immediate Past President: Christina Rinderle, Durango mayorRepresents medium population category; term expires June 2018After receiving her B.S. in Environmental Science from Purdue University, Christina Rinderle joined a talented team to create the first native plants nursery and nature preserve for the Colorado River Indian Tribes in southern Arizona. In 1999, she moved to Durango to work as botanist and researcher for Ecosystem Management International. She currently works as a broker at The Wells Group, where she is passionate about connecting people in the community with their perfect home or office. She is a graduate of Leadership La Plata class, facilitates team building and leadership programs, and volunteers for nonprofits. Rinderle also was selected as one of the 2009 Center for Progressive Leadership Fellows, a nonpartisan, statewide leadership development program and serves on the executive board of the La Plata County Economic Alliance.
Ronnald Akey, Wray mayor Represents small population category; term expires June 2017
Ronnald Akey is a fourth generation Wray and Colorado resident. He was elected to the Wray City Council in 2010 and is now serving his second term on council, with the past four years as mayor pro tem. Ronn represents the council on the museum board, the Yuma County Water Authority, and the Yuma County Landfill Board; in the past, he has represented the City on the Northeast Colorado Council of Governments. Ronn is a graduate of Northeastern Junior College and the University of Wyoming.
Larry Atencio, Pueblo councilmemberRepresents large population category; term expires June 2018Larry Atencio is a councilmember for the City of Pueblo, serving the District he grew up in and has lived in since he was five years old. Graduating from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 1970 with a B.S. degree in industrial engineering technology, Larry was immediately drafted into the U.S. Army serving with the 82nd Airbourne Division. After the Army, he worked with the Pueblo City-County Health Department as a health inspector, when he went on to get a master's degree in public administration from the University of Northern Colorado. While serving on the Pueblo City Council from 2007 to 2011, Larry was very proud to serve on the CML Executive Board in 2010, and is glad to serve on the board during his second stint on council.
Kim Cancelosi, Frisco councilmemberRepresents small population category; term expires June 2017
Kim Cancelosi is serving her second term as a Frisco councilmember. Kim is an attorney, special education teacher, and prosecutor, as well as an advocate for workforce housing, community development, and outdoor recreation. She has served on the Summit County Housing Authority, Colorado Association of Ski Towns, High Country Conservation Center, CML Policy Committee, Summit Education Foundation, Summit School District Accountability Boards for Frisco Elementary, and the Summit School District at-large.
Robb Casseday, Greeley councilmemberRepresents large population category; term expires June 2018Robb Casseday has served as a Greeley councilmember for four years. His experience in municipal government also includes 12 years as a planning commissioner (including several years as chair), and he is the founding chair of the Greeley Art Commission. In addition, he has been a participant on several committees assisting the Greeley City Council in major ordinance and development code decisions. He is a native of Greeley and the owner and president of Casseday Creative Designs, a 10-year old architecture/planning company.
Barbara Cleland, Aurora councilmemberRepresents largest population category; term expires June 2018Barbara Cleland was first elected to Aurora City Council in November of 1983. Due to term limits, Barb's tenure ended in 2003, and after a brief break, she was re-elected in November 2009. Barb is a member on the following Aurora City Council policy committees: Federal, State, and Intergovernmental Relations (chair); Public Relations, Communications, Tourism, Libraries, and Citizen Groups; and Public Safety, Courts, and Civil Service. Barb also served as mayor pro tem in 2012. She also serves as the director of community relations and legislative issues for Aurora Mental Health.
Jill Gaebler, Colorado Springs council president pro temRepresents largest population category; term expires June 2017After receiving her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Arizona, Jill Gaebler served seven years in the U.S. Air Force as an officer. After her service, Jill and her family arrived in Colorado Springs in 2000, where Jill became an advocate for a connected community. She served as the development director for Greccio Housing, raising more than $2.5 million for affordable and safe housing for families, and co-founded Colorado Springs Charter Academy, a public school in District 5. Currently, Jill is serving as president pro tem and District 5 representative for the City of Colorado Spring City Council, and on the boards of the Pikes Peak Library District’s Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority, and the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments. She and her husband of 25 years are raising their two teenagers in the Patty Jewett neighborhood.
Alberto Garcia, Westminster mayor pro temRepresents large population category; term expires June 2017Alberto Garcia was elected to Westminster Council in November 2013. A graduate of the University of Colorado, he is an attorney and small-business owner. He served on the board of directors for the Westminster Optimist Club and for Intercambio De Comunidades, as well as policy director at the Colorado House of Representatives. He is a former congressional aide and assistant attorney general. Alberto currently serves as the Westminster City Council liaison to the Parks, Recreation, and Libraries Advisory Board, as well as the Youth Advisory Panel. In addition to serving as a member of the CML Policy Committee, Alberto represents the City of Westminster as a member of the West Connect Coalition and the North Area Transportation Alliance.
Liz Hensley, Alamosa councilmemberRepresents medium population category; term expire June 2017Liz Hensley is serving her first term as an Alamosa councilmember. She is originally from the San Francisco/Bay Area but has lived in the San Luis Valley for 20 years. Liz is an assistant professor of marketing and the MBA director at Adams State University. She is passionate about her students and her community and has found her true calling. She loves being a part of Adams State, Alamosa, and the San Luis Valley. She graduated with her PhD in organization and management from Capella University and her MBA from Arizona State University. Liz currently serves on the Golf Board, Marketing Board, and San Luis Valley Housing Coalition, and is a member of Kiwanis International. Liz and her husband Lynn have four adult children, Erin, Sammie, Chelsie, and Alan; two granddaughters, Marlie and Luxei; and four dogs and a cat.
Kathy Hodgson, Lakewood city managerRepresents large population category; term expire June 2018Kathy Hodgson has served as the city manager for Lakewood, with a population of approximately 143,000 residents, since 2009. She has invested her entire professional career with the City of Lakewood. Kathy serves on the Red Rocks Community College President’s Advisory Council by appointment from Gov. John Hickenlooper; is a board member of the Women’s Forum Colorado and will be program chair in 2014; and is on the Metro City and County Management Association planning committee, having previously served as the organization's chair. Kathy holds a master’s degree in public administration and earned a certificate in the Senior Executive State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Matt LeCerf, Frederick town managerRepresents medium population category; term expires June 2017Matt LeCerf has served as town manager for Frederick since 2012. He received his bachelor's of science degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s in public administration from Valdosta State University. His municipal career started in Georgia for the City of Kingsland as GIS manager before being promoted to community planning & development director. He then moved to Missouri where he worked as the assistant city manager, and later became the city manager of Maryville, where he worked for seven years. Matt is passionate about building partnerships that benefit the community and promoting Frederick’s new slogan “Built on What Matters.” Matt is the Town’s representative for the CML Legislative Policy Committee and is a member of both the Colorado City and County Management Association and the International City/County Management Association, where he has been recognized as a credentialed manager since 2011.
Samantha Meiring, Firestone trusteeRepresents medium population category; term expires June 2018Samantha Meiring was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and immigrated to the United States in 2000. After becoming a citizen, she became more active in local politics and was elected to the Firestone Board of Trustees in 2014. Samantha has been on the CML Policy Committee since being elected, is the chair of the Firestone Urban Renewal Authority, and the trustee representative to the Firestone Cultural Committee.
Samantha has a post graduate degree in clinical psychology and a B.A. in English literature from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. She currently works as an evaluation project manager for an HIV and AIDS education program (AETC) through the University of Washington (Seattle) and the University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing.
George Reese, Akron mayorRepresents small population category; term expires June 2017George Reese was born and raised in Akron, was first elected to the town board in 2002 as a trustee, and has served as mayor since 2008. His first job lasted six-and-a-half years, and his second for more than 40 years – from which he is now retired. He also has served on his church council, in the Akron Elks, for the NREE Air Show, and on the library board. He currently serves on the credit union loan committee and airport development advisory board.
Patrick Rondinelli, Ouray city administratorRepresents small population category; term expires June 2018
Patrick Rondinelli has served nine years as the Ouray city administrator. He is a third generation Colorado native and a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Before entering into a public administration career, he worked in a start-up telecommunications company that experienced tremendous growth as he worked as a business process analyst and director of operations. Patrick is the City's representative to the Colorado Association of Ski Towns, a member of both the Colorado City and County Management Association and the International City/County Management Association, a battalion chief in the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Ouray County Emergency Extrication Team.
Dave Stone, Limon town managerRepresents small population category; term expires June 2018Dave Stone is fourth generation Colorado native. He has served Limon for more than 26 years, six as recreation director, 13 as public works director, and seven as town manager. Dave has been married to Lynette for 37 years and together they have three grown sons, Shane, Tristan, and Daniel; two daughters-in-law, Susan and Stacey; and two grandsons, Jackson and Harrison. Dave has served on many boards and committees, including the CML Policy Committee (serving as chair for 2014-2015), Arkansas Roundtable, ECCOG Transit Advisory Committee, Limon Education Foundation, Limon Tree Board, Upper Big Sandy Groundwater Management District, and Your Community Foundation. He loved playing basketball, baseball, softball, and volleyball in his younger years; coached middle school basketball and high school baseball; and officiated high school basketball.
Wade Troxell, Fort Collins mayorRepresents large population category; term expires June 2017Elected as mayor in April 2015, Wade Troxell served two terms representing Fort Collins District 4 as a councilmember from 2007 through 2015.
Wade is a lifelong resident of Fort Collins. When he was 14 years old, he was “Mayor for a Day” for then-mayor Karl Carson. He grew up in Old Town, attended PSD schools, was a Colorado State University (CSU) student-athlete, where he captained the football team, earned three degrees in engineering, and has been on the mechanical engineering faculty for 30 years. He and his wife, Jean, have been married 33 years. They have two children, Graeme and Ellie, both of whom students at CSU.
Kirby Wallin, Brighton councilmemberRepresents medium population category; term expires June 2017Kirby Wallin was elected to the Brighton City Council in November 2011 and was voted in as mayor pro tem by his fellow councilmembers in 2013. Kirby attended the University of Cincinnati in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in management information systems. After college, he put his passion for technology to work for a systems integrator. In this role, he traveled extensively across the United States and Canada gaining valuable experience in dealing with the diversity of people he met. Soon after moving to Colorado from Philadelphia, Kirby launched his own computer consulting business. He and his wife Cyndi have two children, and their family is an energetic supporter of the 27J School District. Kirby has served on many boards and commissions, and is especially proud of the work he has done with the Brighton Youth Commission.
Robert "Bob" Widner, Centennial city attorneyRepresents large population category; term expires June 2017Robert (Bob) Widner’s 26-year legal career has been dedicated to the representation of Colorado local governments. His law firm founded in 2004, Widner Juran LLP, continues that tradition through the representation of a wide variety of Colorado local governments. Bob was appointed as city attorney for the City of Centennial in 2004 and continues to serve in that capacity today. Prior to 2004, Bob was a partner with the Public Law Department of the large Denver law firm of Gorsuch Kirgis LLP, where he served as the city, town, or county attorney for communities such as Cherry Hills Village, Lyons, Park County, and Hot Sulfur Springs. A 1989 graduate of the University of Kansas Law School, Bob holds a master’s degree in urban & regional planning from the University of Colorado. He serves as an adjunct professor of law with the University of Colorado Law School.
Elected and appointed officials of member municipalities are invited to run for the CML Executive Board. Applications and supporting materials are due June 7. Read more about the opportunity, and view a sample letter of nomination and letter of endorsement.
Board Agendas and Minutes
Unless otherwise noted, all CML Executive Board meetings take place at the CML offices (1144 Sherman Street, Denver), from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The CML Executive Board consists of 21 municipal elected and appointed officials elected by their peers at the CML Annual Conference in June.
The responsibilities of the board are to:
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