Delves Steps Down as Mountain Village Mayor
by Martinique Davis
Dec 24, 2012 | 1147 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dan Jansen Expected to be Appointed to Mayor in January

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – He saw the Mountain Village change from a company town to a community, witnessed the fruition of the three-years-in-the-making Comprehensive Plan process, and contributed to the ongoing amendments to the community’s Land Use Code. Next month, Mountain Village Mayor Bob Delves will step down from as mayor; he will stay on as a councilor until his four-year term wraps up in June.

Delves announced last week that he would resign as mayor effective this January, in an effort to help create a managed transition of leadership within the Mountain Village Town Council. He will remain a regular council member until he is termed out in June.

Per Mountain Village policy, council will appoint a new mayor to fill his position, when Delves resigns in January.

Delves has been mayor of Mountain Village since being appointed to the position five-and-a-half years ago. As he neared the end of his eight-year run as a member of town council, he felt it was important for the town’s government to have a seamless mayoral transition, he explained.

For Mountain Village government, “It’s not a new era,” he said.

“It’s the same era,” and his decision to step down before his mayoral term is up, he said, offers “a way for us to keep moving in a positive direction.”

Delves was elected to town council in 2005, “at a time when the Mountain Village was in a clear transition, really moving from a company town… to what I call ‘our’ town,” said Delves. It was that change in direction, he said, that encouraged  him to become involved in local government.

“I was interested to see if 25 years of corporate business experience could actually be applied to improving municipal governance,” said Delves.

Throughout his tenure on council, Delves leaned heavily on his own business experience, keeping as goals the implementation of better customer service and more transparency.

“Looking back, I think we’ve made great strides in accomplishing those goals,” he said.

Delves also is proud of playing a role in the process and completion of the Mountain Village’s Comprehensive Plan, which will, in Delves’ words, “give our community a long term roadmap” for future economic sustainability.

“We developed a Comp Plan that in the end was strongly supported, not just by Town Council, but by essentially the entire community,” he says.

This June, council members Richard Child and Cath Jett are both expected to run for reelection. One seat will open through Delves’ departure, at the end of  his two four-year terms on council (with three two-year terms as mayor.) Poised to take his place as mayor is councilman Dan Jansen, who was elected to council in June 2011. Delves says he expects council to unanimously vote Jansen to the position next month. 

Jansen says that among his predecessor’s many accomplishments, Delves’ mark was made not solely in the projects that he saw to completion, but also in the process used to get there.

“He brings a consensus style to council, so while we all don’t always agree, we do move forward,” Jansen says.

Looking to the future of Mountain Village government, Delves says that while the town will continue to face revenue challenges, he expects coming councils to tackle budget challenges with more optimism for revenue growth.

“Members of council are getting tired of having to cut. I think the future revenue strategy is more optimistic and feels better – and that doesn’t mean more taxes, but rather asking the question of how we can generate more revenue with our assets,” Delves says. “And I admire our council for that.”

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