Reception will welcome Vail’s new town manager, honor staff, welcome council members |

Reception will welcome Vail’s new town manager, honor staff, welcome council members

VAIL — Members of the community are invited to join in welcoming Greg Clifton as Vail’s newly-appointed town manager and to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of other town leaders during a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Donovan Pavilion.

In addition to Clifton, the gathering will recognize Vail’s new and outgoing town council members, as well as the achievements of two staff members who have earned state and national honors for their professionalism and leadership.

Clifton, the former town manager of Telluride, has been on the job full-time in Vail since Sept. 25 and has been spending his initial weeks meeting members of the community, town boards and staff. Clifton’s wife, Tammy, and daughter, Emily, will join him at the reception.

Also to be acknowledged during the gathering will be the accomplishments of Vail Street Superintendent Charlie Turnbull and Police Chief Dwight Henninger.

Turnbull, a 40-year-veteran of the Vail Public Works Department, has been named professional manager of the year by the Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association. Henninger has been elected to a new leadership position on the executive board of the International Association of Chiefs of Police that will see him serve as president of the organization in 2021.

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Clifton will introduce the two during brief remarks at 6:30 p.m. which will also include a thank-you to outgoing Town Council Member Dick Cleveland and to welcome newly-elected and returning town council members following the Tuesday, Nov. 7 election. Cleveland has served on the council from 2001 to 2005 and as Vail’s mayor from 2007 to 2011. He was elected to a two-year term in 2015.

Parking is free and light refreshments will be served during the reception. For additional details, contact Town Clerk Patty McKenny, 970-479-2136 or email

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