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Letter: City needs Willman’s dedication, passion and leadership

I would like to share a side of Charlie Willman that very few know. Charlie is a role model. Along with my team (GSHS Mock Trial – Varsity), I have spent countless hours with my coach. Charlie has taught me how to use inflection, be persuasive, purposeful movement and how to articulate long debates over the Colorado Rules of evidence. Those teachings are valuable and better my performance as a “mock” attorney, but there are far more tangible matters that surpass those teachings.

Charlie’s dedication and love toward our team cannot be explained in a sentence. He once told me, “you must do everything with passion — love to show how dedicated you are. No one can teach you passion” and at first I kind of rolled my eyes and thought, OK, this is just another famous Willman lecture. But, that has resonated in my daily life.

Charlie has adopted our team like his own grandchildren. He’s accepted and trained us in the pursuit of perfection. Our team is our second family and we all owe that to Charlie. In the midst of chaos, Charlie has maintained composure and his leadership role when times get extremely difficult. Charlie has worked countless hours with our team, maintained his job, ran for city council all while being perfectly composed. In moments of frustration and tears I can recall Charlie lending a piece of advice, and a joke or two.

I broke down at practice one night, Charlie’s words of wisdom were to believe in myself, but also that he believed in me at my lowest and trusted that I could pick myself up again. That weekend, we placed third at state. No one has taught us passion, we have redefined that within ourselves, but we couldn’t have — I couldn’t have — without Charlie’s fatherly figure in the background encouraging us to be the better version of ourselves every day within every move. That is the type of dedication, passion and leadership we need for our city.

Pilar Melendez,

Glenwood Springs

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