City Council

Council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Touber Building, 448 E. 1st Street. Work sessions are regularly held the Monday evening prior to the Council meeting in the same location at 6:00 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Salida adopted a Public Participation Policy for attending virtual meetings and providing Public Comment. The policy is listed under Related Files or at this link, City of Salida Virtual Public Participation Policy

City Council Members

Members of council govern the city by setting priorities, appropriating funds in the annual budget, approving resolutions and passing local laws.

City Council is composed of two members elected from each ward of the City, serving 4-year terms. Terms are staggered, with three of the members being elected at each regular municipal election. To run for council, one must be a registered voter who has resided in the ward from which he or she is elected for a period of at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the election date.

Ward 1

Dan Shore

719-221-6384 | 448 E 1st Street, Suite 112 Salida CO 81201|

Dan, his wife Jill, and son Gunnar moved to Salida in 2010. He has spent the last 30 years in the investment management industry.

Mr. Shore’s term expires in 2021.

Ward 1

Jane Templeton

719-539-4618 | 448 E 1st Street, Suite 112 Salida CO 81201 |

After a career in public education and school law, Jane retired to Salida in 2005, having visited the community many times before then, and having become a landlord in 2001 and property owner in 2003.  Jane jumped right into a number of community activities, including the SteamPlant Board, serving as president, the SteamPlant Commission, serving as chair, the Noteables women’s choir, serving as co-director, the Heart of Colorado FiberArts Guild, serving as president for five years, and the Salida Fiber Festival board, serving in numerous leadership positions since the inception of the festival in 2011.  For fun, Jane teaches Irish stepdancing at Salida Dance Studio, skis at Monarch (skiing free for the first time during the 2019-2020 season—yea!!), volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club, and spends lots of time in her fiber studio, weaving, sewing, spinning, knitting, crocheting, beading, dyeing, and generally playing with fiber.

Ward 2

Justin Critelli

914-466-9779|448 E. 1st Street, Suite 112, Salida, CO 81201 |

Justin Critelli is New York native who moved to Colorado in 2012. He and his partner Melanie own and operate the Simple Lodge and Hostel in historic downtown Salida. He also has his own massage therapy practice and operates out of local small business, CJ & Company.

Mr. Critelli’s term expires in 2021.

Ward 2

Mike Pollock

719-207-0019 | 448 E 1st Street, Suite 112 Salida CO 81201|

Mike Pollock joined Council in November, 2019, and supports an agenda of diversity and inclusion in all of the City’s activities, especially keeping in mind those long-time residents who are most affected by the fast pace of change. Mike believes in the universal language of music that unites people across the globe.  He studied orchestral trumpet and jazz music in Chicago and has played hundreds of performances with other Salida musicians in bars late at night, on the street, in church and at the SteamPlant.

Mike grew up in the Mississippi river valley of Iowa and spent ten years remodeling houses in the poorest counties of the Ohio river valley. He has been a Salida carpenter for fourteen years and taught building trades at Salida High School for three years.  He loves small town, rural culture, and is proud to be part of a Council that represents approximately 120 years of citizenry and community activism.  Mike believes our Council will bring their experience and understanding to the best service of Salida citizens and will work together to keep Salida the big-hearted, fun-loving community we are proud to call home.

Mr. Pollock’s term expires in 2023.

Ward 3

Harald Kasper

719-221-5259 | 448 E. 1st Street, Suite 112, Salida, CO 81201  |

I was born 1963 in Hoexter, Germany as the 5th of six kids. I studied Chemical Engineering in Karlruhe, Germany graduating with a Master’s Degree and Physical Therapy in Kiel Germany.

I immigrated to the USA in 1995 and became a US citizen in 2016. Living in Salida through the last 17 years I have worked as a Physical Therapist in my own local practice now called Rebound Physical Therapy while taking in all the outdoor opportunities Chaffee county has to offer such as mountain biking, hiking, skiing, running camping and white water rafting.

I brought up my daughter in Salida, who turned 18 in April 2017 and have been married to Devon Kasper since 2013.

Between 2009 and 2017 I have served on the Salida Planning and Zoning commission.

I am a passionate runner and get supported in my spiritual path by the Salida Shanga.

Mr. Kasper’s term expires in 2021.

Ward 3

Alisa Pappenfort

719-221-2911 | 448 E 1st Street, Suite 112 Salida CO 81201|

Alisa Pappenfort came to Salida in the bicentennial year to raise her young daughter in a beautiful, safe small town. Her daughter rode in the basket on her old Schwinn and thereby learned to hold on tight as they dodged potholes. Pappenfort has made a living by typesetting, waiting tables, accounting, exporting locally produced plant bands, selling products ranging from natural goods to custom jewelry. She was the recorder of land legals for Chaffee, managed contracts for the federal government, served as director of domestic violence program and almost won her bid for office in 2015.

Alisa prides herself on life-long learning, on serving the public, and being a multi-generational mother whose youngest is 19. She loves playing in the dirt with plants and creative cooking.  She works full-time as the financial administrator for a local non-profit.

Ms. Pappenfort’s term expires in 2023.


There are three wards in the city of Salida. Property northwest of I Street, generally, belongs to Ward 1. The area roughly between I and C Streets, including the downtown historic district, makes up Ward 2. The area southeast of C Street including land south of US Highway 50 belongs to Ward 3. Download the ward map.

Two City Council members represent each ward:

  • Ward 1: Dan Shore and Jane Templeton;
  • Ward 2: Justin Critelli and Mike Pollock;
  • Ward 3: Alisa Pappenfort and Harald Kasper.