Ron Holland is Dillon’s new mayor |

Ron Holland is Dillon’s new mayor

Ron Holland

Dillon voters elected Ron Holland as their new mayor Tuesday night. Holland, a former restaurateur, edged councilman Don Parsons 90-72.

“I’m ecstatic,” said Holland Tuesday night from Pug Ryan’s in Dillon. “It was actually a larger margin than I thought, with two well-knowns running and both of us with a lot of support.”

Dillon had three open spots on the council, in addition to the mayor’s seat. With only three candidates for three seats, Jason Smith, Geoffrey Schmidt and Tim Westerberg were recognized as the new council members weeks ago. Now, Holland’s council seat will be open, requiring an appointment by council for that position.

“It’s going to be a whole new council now, so the first order of business for me is to bring us all together, make sure we’re all focused in the same direction,” Holland said.

Issues facing Holland and the council in the coming year include encouraging town growth through urban renewal, redevelopment, working with the Dillon Business Association to bring visitors to town, marketing and creating town attractions. Also on the plate is a resolution to the Yacht Club Condominiums lawsuit, with a decision from the judge still pending. At issue are parking issues at the condo complex caused by road reconstruction and residents parking in town right-of-way.

But for Holland, the immediate issue is to bring back “a vibrant business community” to the town.

“Job one is to develop business in the Town of Dillon,” Holland said. “The talking is done, the studies and surveys are over, and it’s time to get going.”

Holland, 62, has lived in Summit County for 10 years, and he has two children – Kristina and Jason, who’s in the U.S. Navy. Previously, he owned two restaurants in town – Marcello’s and Ristorante al Lago.

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