John Mackey fills last spot on Dillon’s town council |

John Mackey fills last spot on Dillon’s town council

John Mackey

DILLON – To fill its last open council spot, Dillon officials appointed John Mackey at Tuesday’s town meenting. He replaced Ron Holland, a councilman who took over as mayor in April. Mackey will serve until the next council election in April 2012, and he joins new councilmen Jason Smith, Geoffrey Schmidt and Tim Westerberg.

“I think we’re really lucky to get John,” Holland said. “He’s been a long-time Dillon resident and very committed to the community. He already knows a lot about Dillon and its history. He’s a tremendous asset.”

Mackey previously worked as Dillon’s chief of police, and even served as interim town manager before Devin Granbery took over. He currently works as chief of police and transportation services at the Auraria Campus in Denver, and says he has more than 31 years of state service under his belt.

“John was a great chief of police for the Town of Dillon,” Granbery said. “We were sad to see him leave, but now it’s nice to have him back in a new capacity on town council.”

According to Holland, Mackey was sworn in at beginning of Tuesday’s council meeting, and he officially started that night.

“We put him to work right away,” Holland said, with a laugh.

Mackey has lived in Summit County for 12 years, seven of those in Dillon. Though he commutes to work in Denver, he still teaches skiing locally.

“I love our little town, and I’d like to be an ambassador to support quality opportunities,” Mackey said.

On Tuesday, Mackey also said he supported development in Dillon’s town core, but it must be done “right.”

“I’m not averse to development, but it must be well thought out and we must have input,” he said.

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