Government

In Dolores, the Municipal Code establishes terms of office as follows:

204.010 Term of office.
At the April 4, 1972 election, six trustees shall be elected. The three candidates for trustee receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected for four-year terms, and the three candidates for trustee receiving the next highest numbers of votes shall be elected for two-year terms. At the next subsequent regular election and at each regular election thereafter, three trustees shall be elected to serve four-year term. (Ord. 291 ss 1, 1972)

2.04.020 Filling of vacancies.
The board of trustees shall have power, by appointment, to fill all vacancies in the board or in any other elected office, and the person so appointed shall hold office until the next regular election and until his successor is elected and qualified. If the board has not appointed a successor or called an election within sixty days of the creation of the vacancy, then it must order an election as soon as practicable to fill the vacancy. If the term of the person creating the vacancy was to extend beyond the next regular election, the person elected to fill the vacancy shall be elected for the unexpired term. Where a vacancy or vacancies exist in the office of trustee and a successor or successors are to be elected at the next election to fill the unexpired term or terms, the three candidates for trustee receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected to four-year terms and the candidate or candidates receiving the next highest number of votes, in descending order, shall be elected to fill the unexpired term or terms. (Ord. 462, 2005: Ord. 354, 1989)

Chad Wheelus, Mayor

Second term, 2020 to 2022
Chad@townofdolores.com
Elected to first term: April 3, 2018
Elected to a second term April 7, 2020
Eligible to serve one more Mayoral term
Eligible to serve as trustee for three terms

Duvall Truelsen, Mayor Pro Tem

Elected to a four year term April 7, 2020 serves to 2024
val@townofdolores.com
Elected to a two-year Mayor term on April 1, 2014
Elected to a two-year Trustee term on April 5, 2016
Elected to a two-year Trustee term April 3, 2018 and appointed Mayor Pro-tem
Elected to a four year Trustee term April 7, 2020 and appointed Mayor Pro-tem
Must sit out for four years to run for office of trustee.  
Is eligible to run for mayor in 2022.

J. Andy Lewis

Andy@townofdolores.com
Elected to a four year term April 7, 2020 serves to 2024
Eligible for a four-year Trustee term* or run for Mayor

Tracy Murphy

Tracy@townofdolores.com
Appointed Trustee May 8, 2017
Elected to a four-year term April 3, 2018
Eligible for a four-year Trustee term* or run for Mayor

Jennifer Stark

Jennifer@townofdolores.com
Elected to a four-year Trustee term on April 3, 2018
Eligible for a four-year Trustee term* or run for Mayor

Melissa Waters

Melissa@townofdolores.com
Appointed January 8, 2018
Elected to a four year term April 3, 2018
Eligible for a four-year Trustee term* or run for Mayor

Sheila Wheeler

Sheila@townofdolores.com
Elected to a four year term April 7, 2020 serves to 2024
Eligible for a four-year Trustee terms* or run for Mayor

Term Limits

At the general election on November 8, 1994, Colorado voters approved an amendment to the Colorado Constitution establishing term limits for municipal elected officials. Referred to as Amendment 17, the citizen-initiated constitutional amendment placed statewide term limits on every local elected official in Colorado. The provisions of Amendment 17 relating to local officials are codified in Section 11 of Article XVIII of the Constitution.

Excerpt from Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution

Section 11. Elected government officials - limitation on terms. (1) In order to broaden the opportunities for public service and to assure that elected officials of governments are responsive to the citizens of those governments, no nonjudicial elected official of any county, city and county, city, town, school district, service authority, or any other political subdivision of the State of Colorado, no member of the state board of education, and no elected member of the governing board of a state institution of higher education shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office, except that with respect to terms of office which are two years or shorter in duration, no such elected official shall serve more than three consecutive terms in office. This limitation on the number of terms shall apply to terms of office beginning on or after January 1, 1995. For purposes of this Section 11, terms are considered consecutive unless they are at least four years apart.

(2) The voters of any such political subdivision may lengthen, shorten or eliminate the limitations on terms of office imposed by this Section 11. The voters of the state may lengthen, shorten, or eliminate the limitations on terms of office for the state board of education or the governing board of a state institution of higher education imposed by this Section 11.

(3) The provisions of this Section 11 shall apply to every home rule county, home rule city and county, home rule city and home rule town, notwithstanding any provision of Article XX, or Sections 16 and 17 of Article XIV, of the Colorado Constitution.