GUEST COMMENTARY | Mayor Bob Delves Steps Down as M.V. Mayor
by Bob Delves
Dec 13, 2012 | 892 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Editor’s note: This letter was sent to the Mountain Village Town Council 

Editor:

Please accept this letter formalizing my intent to resign as Mountain Village mayor, effective at our next Town Council Meeting (probably January 17, 2013).   

I will be “termed out” in June, and, therefore, unable to seek re-election for another term on Town Council. Per our Town Charter, the mayor is appointed by the Town Council and this provision gives us the opportunity for a deliberate and well-managed mayoral transition independent of the general election cycle. Initiating such a transition is entirely appropriate and is consistent with historical precedent.

I am delighted that each of you has signaled your strong support for appointing Dan Jansen as our next mayor, and Dan has expressed willingness to assume the role. Dan has been a big contributor as a member of Town Council for the past 18 months, and I believe we all share a high degree of confidence in his leadership abilities. We’re fortunate to have such a strong and willing candidate. Dan and I will begin the transition immediately, assuming you will formalize his appointment in January.

I’ve been on Town Council for seven-and-a-half years, five-and-a-half as mayor, and I have enjoyed it immensely. I thought I was volunteering for public service to contribute and give back to my community. In fact, I have been the beneficiary of this extraordinary experience: it has been challenging, interesting and fun, and I am so glad I did it. I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to all of the individuals with whom I have served, to our town staff, and especially to our wonderful community.  I think we do things right in Mountain Village, and the credit for that is widely shared.

And thanks to Jenny and our sons for encouraging me to run for office and to be mayor: The consequences for them have not always been rosy, but they’ve shown nothing but strong support. 

I intend to fulfill my Town Council term through June, but look forward to doing so from the back bench.

Respectfully,

– Bob Delves

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