Mayor's Office

Laila Benitez moved to Mountain Village from Boulder, Colorado twelve years ago. Her Telluride story is a familiar one — On an unplanned trip in the summer of 1997, she instantly fell in love and vowed to find a way back. After visiting the area often for more than 12 years, she gave up her career in the medical industry to make a home in the place that made her happiest. The work she has done in Mountain Village since moving here sets her apart and shows her sincere dedication to the community.

When she first moved here, Benitez had the opportunity to work for the Town of Mountain Village in the administration department, which allowed her to learn about the internal town operations. In hopes that this understanding, coupled with years of experience in the private sector, will allow her to serve our community thoughtfully and responsibly.

From her previous role at the town, she created her own marketing company helping business and community members alike. As her love for the community grew, she decided to run for a seat on town council five years ago, and in July of 2017, she was appointed the first female Mayor of Mountain Village by her fellow council members.

In her time on council, Benitez has worked to help get the San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) on its feet and served two terms as board chair. Benitez also serves on the boards of the Telluride Foundation and the Telluride Medical Center Foundation.

With this achievement, Benitez adds, “I love Mountain Village, but I see us really as part of the entire region, and we’re stronger when we’re all working together. Our community has grown and thrived in the last few years in a way none of us could have imagined despite major challenges. I attribute this to one thing – our community.”

“What drew me here was the gorgeous landscape, easy access to trails, outdoor recreation, but what I value most is the tremendous sense of community." - Laila Benitez