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Municipalities Matter: Especially in Leadership

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Municipalities Matter

Especially in Leadership

2016 Mayora

We just concluded our annual mayors leadership summit, a two-day event planned by mayors for mayors. This was its fourth year, and every time it just gets better. 

More than 50 mayors from across Colorado attended and heard from thought leader former Gov. Richard Lamm, political analyst and commentator Floyd Ciruli, and one of the state’s top municipal attorneys, Bob Widner, Centennial city attorney and CML Executive Board member. 

We had a terrific gathering at the Boettcher Mansion, the official residence for the governor, that was co-hosted by various members of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Cabinet. As you know, our incredible governor was Denver mayor. “Once a mayor, always a mayor,” as he has told me a time or two ... or three! 

I want to especially thank the mayors who presented at the summit: 


  • John Suthers, Colorado Springs 
  • Joyce Jay, Wheat Ridge 
  • Chuck Hitchcock, Fowler 
  • Ron Rakowsky, Greenwood Village 
  • Wade Troxell, Fort Collins 
  • Cecil Gutierrez, Loveland 
  • Ronn Akey, Wray 
  • Phyllis Norris, Grand Junction 


The summit covered topics such as opioid and drug abuse, meetings management, leadership tips, working with city managers (a discussion led by CML President and Montrose City Manager Bill Bell), success stories, and hidden community gems. 

What did I take away from the event? In this rancorous national election for president, it is refreshing to hear from local leaders. These are men and women who serve without partisan favor (holding municipal office under Colorado state law is strictly nonpartisan, and I for one hope it always stays that way). They simply want to solve problems, make their communities better, and work as a team with their councils and staffs. They have vision and passion, and they want to collaborate. Many of them believe in solving local problems regionally. And, they look to CML for guidance and assistance. 

There are more than 1,800 men and women who serve our 272 cities and towns as municipal elected officials in Colorado. Mayors and other municipal office holders help to guide our beloved Centennial State with a steady hand on a daily basis. Their leadership and dedication to public service are both inspirational, and give me continued great hope for the future.

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