Council reelects Winkler as mayor |

Council reelects Winkler as mayor

Ryan Hoffman
Randy Winkler
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Board representatives

Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado: Randy Winkler, Barb Clifton (alternate)

Colorado Municipal League Policy Committee: Joe Elliott, Assistant City Manager Kimberly Bullen (alternate)

Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce: Annick Pruett, Barb Clifton (alternate)

Downtown Development Authority: Dana Wood

Garfield County Senior Programs Advisory Board: Annick Pruett, City Manager Matt Sturgeon (alternate)

Senior Center Advisory Board: Barb Clifton, Annick Pruett (alternate)

Rifle Housing Authority: Theresa Hamilton, Annick Pruett (alternate)

Energy Advisory Board: Ed Green, Joe Elliott (alternate)

Garfield Clean Energy Board: Joe Elliott, Dana Wood (alternate)

Rifle Creek Museum Board: Theresa Hamilton, Dana Wood (alternate)

Club 20: Ed Green

Asset Forfeiture Committee: Barb Clifton, Joe Elliott

The newly constituted Rifle City Council took its first official action Monday since the election and reelected Randy Winkler as mayor for the next two years. In turn, Winkler, who served as mayor for the previous two years, appointed Councilor Barb Clifton as mayor pro tem.

Winkler was the only nomination for the position, which Councilor Joe Elliott made while invoking some slight humor.

“I think he has really done a nice job,” Elliott said. “He’ s really catching fire and I think any minute now he’s going to be awesome, so I fully nominate Randy Winkler.”

He was approved without dissent.

While the mayor serves as the official head of the city government for ceremonial and legal purposes, per the city’s charter, Winkler noted that aside from presiding over council meetings and attending additional meetings, he is really just one of seven voting members of council. However, that did not stop him from expressing gratitude, adding that he was honored to be reelected mayor.

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Winkler, who was first elected to city council in 2009 and is the most senior member of a council that now consists of four brand new members, has two more years on council before being term limited.

He selected the second-most-senior councilor, Clifton, as mayor pro tem.

Entering her third year on council, Clifton said she feels “completely comfortable” in the position and is excited to start working with her newly elected peers.

“I’m very excited, very happy with the new council,” she said. “I think we’ll be able to get a lot done. … Everybody on the board has proven their dedication to the city.”

Winkler made similar remarks, adding that all of the newly elected councilors are qualified for the position.

While it remains to be seen if more controversial topics, such as the previous recreational marijuana issue and the new water treatment plant, will come before council in the near future, there will be no shortage of work with the city entering budget season, said Winkler. Six budget workshops are scheduled for October.

“The budget is really tight,” Winkler said.

After swearing in the five councilors elected last week and electing a mayor, council reappointed Victor Zerbi as the municipal judge and Amanda Mauer as associate municipal judge. Councilors also decided who would serve as representatives on various boards.

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