Andy Daly becomes Vail’s new mayor
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – Vail Town Councilman Andy Daly threw himself into the ring for mayor of Vail on Tuesday, made his case for why he should take on the role and won.
Vail Town Clerk Lorelei Donaldson swore in the newly elected council members – incumbents Margaret Rogers and Daly, as well as newly elected members Ludwig Kurz and Greg Moffet – Tuesday afternoon just before the selection of mayor. Both Kurz and Moffet have served on the council in the past, with Kurz serving as mayor in the early 2000s.
Moffet nominated Kurz for mayor, but the council later voted Kurz in as mayor pro tem, instead.
Kurz said a mayor should be effective, level-headed and able to facilitate good conversations – traits he said he would bring to the job.
Kurz said a mayor should be a consensus-builder among the council, the staff and the community. He added that a mayor should act “as chairman of the board, rather than the CEO of a company.”
Shortly after Kurz made his points, Daly stepped in and nominated himself.
Daly said he’s been on council the past four years and agreed with everything Kurz said about the qualifications needed for the job of mayor but added a few more.
He said the town could run its meetings more efficiently, as well as be more open with the public. He said the council could move a lot of discussions out of executive session and into public conversations.
He also said the mayor has to lead innovation, such as developing more current mobile applications for real-time information, such as parking.
Daly said it’s also a “critical period right now” for long-term thinking.
“I’m very anxious to lead more discussion on where we need to be from a strategic point of view,” Daly said, adding that the replacement of the municipal building, which is under consideration as a public-private project with the Vail Valley Medical Center, Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute, will need strong leadership.
Daly also said he has more time than ever to allocate to the job, even though he recently purchased the Powderhorn Ski Area near Grand Junction. He said Powderhorn has a great management team and he won’t be spending much time there. He has also dropped off the board for the Vail Valley Medical Center and intends to drop off two other volunteer boards soon, he said.
After the council voted against electing Kurz as mayor, the council voted unanimously for Daly.
“I think it was appropriate once Andy was nominated, and I did not get the votes; it was appropriate for me to vote on behalf of Andy,” Kurz said later. “I think he’ll do a great job.”
Outgoing mayor Dick Cleveland, who did not seek re-election, said he has confidence in Daly’s ability to take over as mayor. He said he’ll have his hands full, though, just as Cleveland did when he first stepped into the role.
There will be a learning curve, and he’ll have to figure out the best way to moderate discussions, Cleveland said, by “trying to figure out at what point either council comments or public comment has gone on too long.”
Daly has studied how the town works and how the council interacts and is confident in himself as mayor.
“I’m committed to keeping Vail a cutting-edge, world-class resort, and I think I’m in a better position to do that as mayor,” Daly said.
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