President: Carol Dodge, Northglenn mayor Represents 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 served as mayor pro tem. In 2017, she was elected mayor of the City of Northglenn. 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.
Vice President: Wade Troxell, Fort Collins mayorRepresents large population category; term expires June 2019Elected 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.
Secretary/Treasurer: Liz Hensley, Alamosa mayor pro temRepresents medium population category; term expire June 2019Liz Hensley 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.
Immediate Past 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.
Ronnald Akey, Wray planning commission member Represents small population category; term expires June 2019
Ronnald Akey is a fourth generation Wray and Colorado resident. He was elected to the Wray City Council in 2010, with the final four years as mayor pro tem before beginning service as a planning commission member in 2018. 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.
Shannon Bird, Westminster councilmemberRepresents large population category; term expires June 2019Shannon Bird was elected to the Westminster City Council in November 2015.
Bird is an attorney with a background in public finance, commercial and corporate finance, and real estate development transactions. She and her husband David are the proud parents of two young children.
Bird has a J.D., M.B.A, M.S. in Finance, and a B.A. in Economics. She is the board chair for the Five Star Education Foundation, a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Adams County Housing Authority, and a member of the Board of Directors for RMC Health. Bird is a founding member of Adams 12 CAN (Community Action Network), and has served on the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Policy Council, Adams 12 District School Improvement Team, District Accountability Committee, and Lexington HOA Board of Directors, and was the campaign chairperson of Citizens for Adams 12 Schools. She also has served as the president of the Meridian Elementary PTO for two years and as vice president for one year, and was a member of the City of Westminster Election Commission.
Kendra Black, Denver councilmemberRepresents largest population category; term expires June 2019Kendra Black took office as the councilmember in 2015. She is a proud Denver native and graduate of the University of Colorado. Kendra has been actively involved for more than two decades, successfully advocating for schools, students, neighborhoods, and parks. Her professional experience includes work in nonprofits, education, and community outreach. She also serves on a variety of other boards, ranging from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District to Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Transportation Solutions to Governors’ Residence Preservation Fund, CU Denver-National History Day in Colorado to High Line Canal Conservancy.
Robb Casseday, Greeley mayor pro temRepresents large population category; term expires June 2018Robb Casseday served as a Greeley councilmember for four years, and now serves as mayor pro tem. 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.
Jim Collins, Las Animas mayorRepresents small population category; term expires June 2019Jim Collins has been mayor for the City of Las Animas since 2015, and as such has had the opportunity to be involved with many aspects of municipal government at both the local and regional levels. He sits on and/or chairs numerous boards and committees, including the tri-county Community Service Block Grant, Tri-County Housing and Community Development Inc., Otero Junior College Foundation Board, Las Animas Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, Southeastern Colorado Enterprise Development Corp., Southeastern Colorado Council of Governance, Las Animas/Bent County Community Center Board, and Bent County Development Foundation.
Daniel Dick, Federal Heights mayorRepresents population category term expires June 2018Daniel Dick has served as the mayor of Federal Heights since 2015, and was a councilmember for the two years prior to that. He earned a degree in theology and spent his life owning various businesses, the last was a large backflow preventer testing, school, and software business. He sits on the following boards and committees: Denver Regional Council of Governments Board of Directors (DRCOG); North Area Transportation Alliance (NATA); Adams County /Denver Airport Coordinating Committee (ACC); Adams County Economic Development (ACED); Adams County Council of Governments (ADCOG); North Metro Community Diversion Board: Metro Mayors’ Caucus; RTD North Metro, and the Federal Heights Volunteer Firefighter Pension Board. He and his wife, Dorcas, will celebrate their 20th anniversary this fall.
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.
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 2019Matt 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.
Ashley McMurray, Hayden councilmemberRepresents small population category; term expires June 2018 Ashley McMurray is in her first term on Hayden Town Council, elected in November 2016. She served on the Hayden Planning Commission for the year prior to that. Ashley is originally from the suburbs of Detroit and has lived in the Hayden area since 2004. She has owned and operated her marketing and web design business, InSite Media, since 2011. Ashley also sits on the Routt County United Way Women United board and is active in her three children's schools. She is an advocate for economic development in Hayden and holds bachelor's degrees from the University of Michigan in Political Science and Asian Languages (Japanese).
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.
Robert Roth, Aurora councilmemberRepresents large population category, term expires June 2018Robert "Bob" Roth is director of business development and a LEED accredited professional at IES Commercia Inc., an electrical and specialty contracting company serving industries across the United States. His policy service on Aurora City Council includes the water; management and finance; and public safety, courts, and civil service. He is active in the community through Aurora Economic Development Council, Aurora Sister Cities International, Denver Regional Council of Governments, and Associated General Contractors of Colorado.
Kathleen Ann Sickles, Ouray city administratorRepresents small population category, term expires June 2019Kathleen "Katie" Sickles and her family moved to the Surface Creek (Cedaredge/Orchard City) area when she was nine. She attended Cedaredge schools, graduating from Delta High School. She has a bachelor of science degree with honors from Colorado Christian University and a master's degree in public administration with the GSPA Outstanding Western Slope Student honor from the University of Colorado at Denver. Katie worked with the Delta County EMS Special Funding District Task Force to draft a service plan for the proposed Delta County Ambulance District. She was employed by Delta County as the GIS coordinator for eight years until taking her position with the Town of Cedaredge in April 2006. Katie is married to Dan Sickles and has four grown children and two step children.
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.
Kirby Wallin, Brighton councilmemberRepresents medium population category; term expires June 2019Kirby 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 2019Robert (Bob) Widner’s 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.
Members whose names are placed on the ballot by the CML Nominating Committee will be voted on by the membership at the CML Annual Business Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 21, beginning at 1:45 p.m., during the 96th CML Annual Conference in Vail.
Board Agendas and Minutes
Unless otherwise noted, all CML Executive Board meetings take place at the CML offices (1144 Sherman Street, Denver), from 10 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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