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Dick Cleveland remains Vail’s mayor

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – The Vail Town Council voted unanimously to keep Dick Cleveland as the town mayor Tuesday.

The council also unanimously selected Kim Newbury, the longest consecutive sitting council member, as mayor pro-tem – only the second woman in the town’s 43-year history to hold that position. Sybill Navas served as mayor pro-tem from 1995-97 and 1999-01, according to town records.

Only one woman, Margaret “Peggy” Osterfoss, has served as mayor of Vail, from 1991 to 1995.

Newbury said some of the council members had called her separately to ask if she’d be interested in the job, so she wasn’t surprised by the vote.

The meeting was the first meeting of the new council – voters elected four members last week, including Newbury and Kevin Foley, both incumbents, and new members Susie Tjossem and Kerry Donovan. Town Clerk Lorelei Donaldson swore the new members into their positions in front of about 40 community members and town staff members at the Tuesday meeting.

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Tjossem, who has served as a member of the town’s Planning and Environmental Commission, is familiar with the Town Council chambers, she said. Donovan has also been a member of the town’s Commission on Special Events, so sitting in front of a room full of people while conducting town business is something the women said they’re used to doing.

Both Tjossem and Donovan have to resign their seats on those two boards now that they’ve been elected to the Town Council, said town spokeswoman Suzanne Silverthorn.

Before the Nov. 3 election, Town Manager Stan Zemler told the nine candidates running for the four open seats that the new Town Council would have its plate full in the coming months. Topics like parking at Ford Park, the Ever Vail project, prioritizing capital projects and the town budget, among other things, will come before the new council very soon.

“This is the easiest meeting you’ll ever have,” Zemler said Tuesday.

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com

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