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Posted on: July 7, 2017

Elected Officials Receive Leadership Training Awards

July 7, 2017-  Denver, CO - During the recent 95th Annual Colorado Municipal League (CML) conference, CML recognized municipal elected officials statewide who reached milestone levels its MUNIversity program – a leadership program for Colorado’s municipal elected officials. This program was started in January 1991 by the League’s Executive Board to recognize the efforts of officials who go the extra mile to increase their knowledge of municipal government and their capacity to lead.

To reach the Fundamental level of the program, officials must complete 30 training credits. Officials who reached this level were:

Brighton:                       Dick McLean, Mayor

Brush:                          Jeanine Anderson, Council Member

Centennial:                   Ken Lucas, Council Member

Colorado Springs:          Jill Gaebler, Council President Pro Tem (reached level but was not at conference)

Colorado Springs:          John Suthers, Mayor (reached level but was not at conference)

Commerce City:            Rene Bullock, Mayor Pro Tem

Craig:                           John Ponikvar, Mayor

Cripple Creek:               Steve Zoellner, Council Member

Cripple Creek:               Bruce Brown, Mayor

Edgewater:                   Kristian Teegardin, Mayor

Englewood:                   Linda Olson, Council Member

Firestone:                     Samantha Meiring, Trustee

Fort Collins:                  Gerry Horak, Mayor Pro Tem

Fort Collins:                  Wade Troxell, Mayor

Fountain:                      Gregory Lauer, Council Member (reached level but was not at conference)

Fowler:                         Chuck Hitchcock, Mayor

Fowler:                         Randy McKown, Trustee (reached level but was not at conference)

Frederick:                     Laura Brown, Mayor Pro Tem (reached level but was not at conference)

Garden City:                 Filbert Archuleta, Trustee

Garden City:                 Lonelle Archuleta, Mayor

Gilcrest:                        Jeff Nelson, Mayor (reached level but was not at conference)

Greenwood Village:       Thomas Bishop, Council Member (reached level but was not at conference)

Greenwood Village:       Ron Rakowsky, Mayor  

Greeley:                       Tom Norton, Mayor

La Jara:                        Larry Zaragoza, Mayor

La Junta:                      Frank McKenzie, Council Member (reached level but was not at conference)

Lakewood:                    Adam Paul, Mayor

Lakewood:                    Shakti, Council Member (reached level but was not at conference)

Lochbuie:                      David Ott, Trustee

Lochbuie:                      Larry Strock, Trustee

Longmont:                    Pauline Christensen, Council Member

Longmont:                    Bonnie  Finley, Council Member

Longmont:                    Jeff Moore, Council Member (reached level but was not at conference)

Loveland:                      Joan Shaffer, Council Member (reached level but was not at conference)

Loveland:                      Cecil Gutierrez, Mayor

Manitou Springs:           Nicole Nicoletta, Mayor

Montrose:                     Rex Swanson, City Councilor

Ouray:                          Bette Maurer, Council Member

Palisade:                       David Edwards, Mayor Pro Tem

Parker:                         Amy Holland, Council Member

Pueblo:                         Larry Atencio, Council Member

Salida:                          Eileen Rogers, Council Member (reached level but was not at conference)

Sheridan:                      Ernie Camacho, Council Member

Steamboat Springs:       Kathi Meyer, Council Member

Sterling:                        Dan Torres, Jr., Mayor

Superior:                       Clint Folsom, Mayor (reached level but was not at conference)

Telluride:                       Todd Brown, Council Member

Thornton:                      Val Vigil, Council Member

Thornton:                      Heidi Williams, Mayor

Windsor:                       Kristie Melendez, Mayor

The Leadership level is achieved when officials reach a total of 60 hours of training. Receiving this award was:            

Boulder:                        Matthew Appelbaum, Council Member

Broomfield:                   Bette Erickson, Council Member

Commerce City:                        Steve Douglas, Council Member

Delta:                           Ed Sisson, Mayor

Firestone:                     George Heath, Council Member

Frisco:                          Gary Wilkinson, Mayor

Grand Lake:                  Jim Peterson, Mayor

Littleton:                       Bruce Beckman, Mayor

Littleton:                       Phil Cernanec, Council Member

Lone Tree:                    Jacqueline Millet, Mayor

Mead:                           Colleen Whitlow, Trustee

Montrose:                     Judy Ann Files, Mayor

Northglenn:                   Kim Snetzinger, Council Member

Wray:                           Ronnald Akey, Mayor

To reach the Graduate level of the program, officials must complete 100 credit hours. This elite level was reached by:

Alamosa:                      Charles Griego, Council Member

Golden:                        Saoirse Charis-Graves, Council Member (reached level but was not at conference)

Lone Tree:                    Susan Squyer, Mayor Pro Tem 

Mead:                           Debra Brodhead, Trustee (reached level but was not at conference)

CML is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1923 and represents the interests of 269 cities and towns.  For more information on the Colorado Municipal League, please visit www.cml.org or call 303-831-6411. 

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