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Dick Cleveland named Vail’s mayor

Dick Cleveland

VAIL ” Dick Cleveland, the District Attorney’s Office investigator who is starting his second stint on Vail Town Council, was picked to be Vail’s mayor Tuesday.

“I’m honored that the rest of these guys felt I had what the council needs for the next two years,” Cleveland said.

Andy Daly, a rookie on council, was elected mayor pro tem, or vice mayor. The former Vail Resorts president got the most votes in last week’s election.

“Andy brings a lot of business experience to the table,” said Councilwoman Kim Newbury. “That’s important.”

Both votes were unanimous, and came immediately after the new council was sworn in.

Cleveland previously served on council from 2001-2005, the final two years as mayor pro tem. He recently served as chairman of the town’s planning commission.

The former Vail policeman was voted out of office in 2005 after he opposed the then-controversial Crossroads project. He returned to council after getting the second-most votes in last Tuesday’s election.

As mayor, Cleveland will run meetings and help set the meetings’ agendas. Some say that’s a powerful duty, but Cleveland said he’ll work collaboratively with the other council members in setting the agenda.

“I have no agenda of my own,” he said. “I’m one of seven.”

Cleveland will also be the public face of Vail at events.

“That’s the scary part of this,” Cleveland said.

Newbury said Cleveland knows how to run meetings, has the right disposition and is respected in the community and statewide.

Two incumbents who had eyed the mayor position, Mark Gordon and Farrow Hitt, did not assume leadership positions Tuesday. But Cleveland is an incumbent, of sorts, too, Newbury said.

“I consider Dick part of the incumbents because he was on council with us two years ago,” Newbury said.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.

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