Regular Municipal Elections are held the first Tuesday in November 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 to complete the remainder of the term.
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.
Alisa Pappenfort, 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.
Carol Johnson, Treasurer
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.
Carol Johnson is the Treasurer for the City of Salida. She was appointed in January 2018 and is currently serving her first term.
Carol is an oncology physician assistant at the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center; she has lived in Salida for 3 years. She believes strongly in giving back to the community. She earned her Wilderness First Aid certification and provides first aid support to various local events.
Carol has served as treasurer for several organizations over the past 20 years, including a parent-teacher organization, a sports booster club, and a mountain biking/trail-building club. She is an enthusiastic (but very slow!) mountain biker and hiker. She, her husband Steve, and their dog Oskar are very happy to call Salida their home.