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Board of Trustees
The Town of Cedaredge has one mayor and six town trustees elected at large, all of which hold all or part of four-year terms.

Members and Terms

The current mayor and trustees with elected terms:

  • Mayor Eugene Welch - 2016-2020
  • Mayor Pro Tem Ray Hanson - 2012-2016 and 2016-2018
  • Treasurer Patti Michael - 2014-2018
  • Robert Michael - 2016-2020
  • Dayton Myers - 2012-2016 and 2016-2020
  • Larry Smith - 2014-2018
  • Al Smith - 2014-2018

Mayor Eugene "Gene" Welch
Gene Welch
Gene was appointed as Trustee in 2005.  Elected 2006-2010 and then re-elected 2010-2014.  Gein 2016.  Gene was elected as Mayor 2016-2020.

Mayor Pro Tem Ray Hanson

I am a native born in 1948 and raised in Cedaredge.  I attended school here and graduated in 1966.  I then attended Western State College, obtaining a B.A. in History with minors in Political Science and Philosophy (1970).  I attended graduate school at Western (now Western state Colorado University) on a graduate fellowship with majors in History and Economics (1970-1971) Mangam Cum Laude.) At Western I met my wife, Sandy, and we were married on December 26, 1970, in Denver.  We have two grown children - Mist of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sean and his wife Rachael, of Grand Junction.  After a little over eight years working elsewhere, I returned with my family to this area.  I have been a master plumber for a number of years with my own business.  I am a Life member of the Cedaredge Rod and Gun Club (since 1969), and have been its Secretary/Treasurer since 1991.  My public service began with the Ambulance District Committee (as a member) approximately 1 1/2 years.  I have served as Trustee in the past (approximately 7 years).  Committee on Home Rule (Council appointment) for approximately 6 months.  I was elected to the Home Rule Charter Commission serving as its Chairman (14 months).  I was appointed to the Planning Commission, and then elected its Chairman (3 years) and still serve there as one of the Ad Hoc members.  And I was re-elected to the Board of Trustees at the last election.  

Treasurer Patti Michael

Patricia Michael (Patti), as people know her in town, was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. She and her husband Bob met and married in East Tennessee, where they owned and operated BP Dental Laboratory for 20 years. From there they moved to New Jersey where she was the Senior Dental Research Technician for Dentsply International, an industry-leading company. She has enjoyed a successful career in the dental industry. Patti and Bob have a wonderful son, Bryan, a great daughter-in-law, Jenna and the greatest little grandson, Robert. She also shares the title of “Nana” for Bob’s six other grandchildren. Patti and Bob came to Cedaredge over 5 years ago and purchased Mesa Liquors. Patti served on the board of the Chamber of Commerce for 4 years and is very active with various community organizations. Patti has developed an understanding of the community as a whole. She is looking forward open mindedly serving on the Board of Trustees.

Robert Michael


Dayton Myers
Dayton moved to Cedaredge in 1973 and graduated from Cedaredge High School in 1977.  He attended Mesa State College and earned an Associates Degree in 1979.  Dayton is married to Karla and they have one son.  His work experience includes having worked in construction for a few years before accepting a position with the Town of Cedaredge, where he worked from 1987 - 1995. Dayton currently works for Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Association and has been employed there from 1995 to present.  In his free time he enjoys hunting and fishing.

Dr. Laurence Smith
Larry Smith
Laurence was born in a small town in Connecticut about the size of Cedaredge.  He graduated from Trinity College  and received his MA and PHD from Clark University.  He spent three years in the USAF.  He has lived in Cedaredge for 10 years since his wife, Debra took a family practice and ER position in the area.  Laurence and Debra have 10 children and 21 grandchildren including 4 great grand children.  He had a private practice in Denver and San Antonio for many years and has a small practice in Cedaredge.  He raced slalom and giant slalom for 20 years and still plays basketball for Colorado Senior Olympics.  His team qualified and played in 10 national senior games over the last 20 years.  

Al Smith
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Al grew up in Jackson, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.  But the work experience of his Father and Grandfather soon led him to his family’s occupation, the railroad industry.  For almost forty years, he worked for several railroad companies and track material manufacturers, and subsequently lived in eight different States. Ultimately, he became Sales Manager for a concrete tie manufacturer in Denver, where he retired. At that time, Al and his wife Jo decided to trade the Front Range lifestyle for the small town lifestyle of Cedaredge, and moved to this community about four years ago.  Al and Jo absolutely love Cedaredge, its people, and its lifestyle, and Al is proud to be serving the Town as a Trustee.  Al and Jo have two daughters and two grandsons, who all enjoy visiting Cedaredge, and taking advantage of everything that it offers.

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