Glenwood Springs has a new ‘madam mayor;’ Wussow appointed to succeed Godes

Newly appointed Glenwood Springs Mayor Ingrid Wussow.
Cassandra Ballard/Post Independent

City Councilor Ingrid Wussow was unanimously voted in as the new mayor of Glenwood after Jonathan Godes announced on Thursday that he was “stepping back.”

Wussow will be the second female mayor ever for the city.

The last madam mayor of Glenwood Springs was Marian Smith in 1980-1981, before she went on to serve multiple terms as a Garfield County commissioner. 

Godes, who has been mayor for four years, announced he would be stepping back just hours before the Glenwood City Council meeting, via Facebook.

Glenwood Springs, per its city charter, has an appointed mayor position, as decided by the seven council members, rather than an elected mayor.

Thursday also marked the formal swearing-in of newly elected Council members Erin Zalinski to the at-large seat, replacing Tony Hershey, and Sumner Schachter to the Ward 3 seat, replacing Charlie Willman, as well as new Ward 4 Councilor Mitchell Weimer, who was uncontested in the April 4 election.

Outgoing Glenwood Springs Mayor Jonathan Godes, left, swears in newly elected Council Member Erin Zalinski at the April 20 City Council meeting, as new and reelected Councilors Sumner Schachter, Marco Dehm and Mitchell Weimer await their turn.
Cassandra Ballard/Post Independent

Ward 1 Councilor Marco Dehm, who was also formally elected in the April 4 election, was unanimously voted in by Council as the new Mayor Pro Tem. 

Wussow said she was grateful to be motioned in and voted to be mayor. She told the Post Independent outside of the public session that she plans to be fair and listen well to the residents of Glenwood.

Godes will continue the last two years of his councilor term. He said he is proud of the legacy he created and he is excited to give the mayoral power to someone new. 

Post Independent reporter Cassandra Ballard can be reached at or 970-384-9131.

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