Elections are held the first Tuesday of every odd numbered year. The Mayor is elected for a two-year term, while other elected officials serve four-year terms. Individuals to fill positions vacated before the end of the term or for which no candidates chose to run are appointed by the seated council.
The mayor works with the administrative office to make sure that the laws and ordinances of the city are being executed properly.
The Mayor presides over meetings of the City Council and is considered a member of the council for purposes of determining a quorum. In the case of a tie vote by the council, the mayor is required to break the tie.
The City Council and the Mayor work together to create ordinances and laws for the City. There are three wards in the City of Salida and two council members represent each ward. City Council appoints and directs the work of the City Administrator and is responsible, by a majority vote of all members, for appointing the City Attorney, Municipal Prosecutor and the Municipal Judge.
Betty Schwitzer, City Clerk
The City Clerk is elected for a four-year term and is paid a monthly stipend for duties defined by Colorado State Statute and the Salida Municipal Code. The City Clerk shall have the custody of all the laws and ordinances of the City Council, shall keep a regular record of the proceedings of the city council, in such form as determined by the council, and shall perform such other duties as may be required by statute or by the ordinances of the City.
The Deputy City Clerk is appointed by the City Administrator and paid an annual salary. The Deputy Clerk keeps the journal of the proceedings of the Council, attests by her signature all ordinances and resolutions and maintains them as public record. The Deputy Clerk keeps the corporate seal of the City, attests to all official acts of the City, and administers city licensing as delegated by the City Administrator. Currently, the City requires licensing for establishments that sell liquor, beer, wine, vending on public property, arborists, and medical marijuana. The Deputy Clerk is responsible for providing proper public notice and publication of such notice when required, in a timely matter. The Deputy Clerk is responsible for maintaining the Municipal Code and updating as needed.
Theresa Cortese, Treasurer
Theresa was born and raised in Salida. After high school graduation, she attended Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with minors in Math and Business Administration. After graduating from Adam’s State College, Theresa was employed by the Salida School District for 31 years teaching first, fourth and sixth grade math until retiring in 2009.
During Theresa’s tenure with the school district she was very active with the Salida Education Association holding leadership positions. She worked with the district’s Business Manger as well as local and state governments.
Theresa enjoys walking, crocheting and being with friends.
The Treasurer holds an elected position for four years and has no voting power in the city council meetings. The Treasurer must be at least 18 years of age and a registered elector. He or she must have resided in the City limits for a minimum of twelve months.