Breckenridge, Silverthorne swear in new councilmembers
Breckenridge and Silverthorne town council members passed on the baton last week, with a new town council sworn in for a four-year term. Former Breckenridge Mayor John Warner finished his second term to pass on the duty to Eric Mamula, a longtime local and owner of Downstairs at Eric’s.
“We have a good group. I think Eric will be a terrific mayor,” Warner said. “It’s the first (council) I’ve seen with three new people coming on board, and all three are veterans.”
Incumbent Wendy Wolfe returned to Breckenridge town hall to serve a second term, after she was elected in 2012. Breckenridge Grand Vacations owner and developer Mike Dudick served from 2010 to 2014, and Jeffrey Bergeron, best known by his radio and TV personality “Biff,” served two terms through 2012.
Councilmembers Ben Brewer and Gary Gallagher attended their final council meeting on March 22, with Brewer recognized as an “open space champion” and Gallagher as a “go-to guy” for finances.
“Sitting here today I realize four years has gone by, and it’s gone by very quickly,” Gallagher said.
“I’ve been humbled and honored by privilege to be able to sit here and help make decisions,” Brewer added. “These four years have almost been like earning a masters degree in how a small town runs, and for that, I couldn’t be more grateful.”
In Silverthorne, councilmembers Tanya Shattuck, Robert Keiber and incumbents Russ Camp and JoAnne Nadalin were sworn in on Wednesday. Keiber and Shattuck had both been involved with the town’s planning commission prior to the election. Councilman Stuart Richardson and Mayor Pro-Tem Ann-Marie Sandquist were both gifted plaques for their service to the town.
“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Sandquist said. “I want to thank you guys. We have an awesome staff in the town of Silverthorne.”
Sandquist had served eight years with the town, while Richardson had served since 2011.
“Their civic engagement has been really outstanding. Second to none,” Mayor Bruce Butler said.
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Video courtesy of the town of Breckenridge
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