Mountain Village Town Council re-elects Laila Benitez as mayor, Dan Caton as mayor pro tem; Patrick Berry, Jack Gilbride and Harvey Mogenson sworn in

Newly elected Council Member Harvey Mogenson and re-elected Council Members Patrick Berry and Jack Gilbride were officially sworn in as members of the Mountain Village Town Council on Thursday, July 15 during the regular July Town Council meeting.

Each new member stood before the community and repeated the oath, promising to faithfully carry out the responsibilities of the office. The council members will serve four-year terms and will join current Council Members Laila Benitez, Dan Caton, Pete Duprey and Marti Prohaska on Mountain Village’s Town Council.

Following the swearing-in ceremony was the election of the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem positions. The Town of Mountain Village Home Rule Charter dictates the positions to be elected amongst the Council Members by a majority vote at its first organizational meeting held after the election.

According to the Charter, the Mayor presides at Council meetings and is recognized as the head of the Mountain Village government for all ceremonial, dignitary and legal purposes. In the absence of the Mayor, the Mayor Pro Tem presides at Council meetings and takes over the powers and duties of the Mayor.

By unanimous vote amongst Council Members, Laila Benitez was re-elected Mayor of Mountain Village and Dan Caton was re-elected Mayor Pro Tem. Benitez has been on the Council since July 2015 and has served as Mayor since July of 2017.

Caton has been on the Council since July 2015 and served as mayor pro tem since July of 2017.

“Congratulations to Mayor Benitez and the Mayor Pro Tem Caton. We are looking forward to working with the new and returning council and appreciate the opportunity to continue serving the Mountain Village community,” said Mountain Village Town Manager Kim Montgomery.

In Mountain Village, the mayor serves a two-year term with the council’s approval. The mayor has several responsibilities, including overseeing the town’s finances and budget, enforcing town contracts and many other responsibilities with the town government.

For more information please contact Town Clerk Susan Johnston at [email protected].

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