City of Las Animas Mayor Jim Collins attended the 95th Colorado Municipal League (CML) annual conference June 20–23 in Breckenridge, Colorado.

City of Las Animas Mayor Jim Collins attended the 95th Colorado Municipal League (CML) annual conference June 20–23, 2017, in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Early on in the year, The Leadership Team and Mayor Collins applied for and received a scholarship to allow the Mayor to attend the Conference as a guest of the Colorado Municipal League. This great opportunity to meet with municipal leaders and advisors from throughout the state allowed attendees to experience sessions focusing on critical issues that are common to all in municipal government.

Founded in 1923, the Colorado Municipal League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization providing services and resources to assist municipal officials in managing their governments and serving the cities and towns of Colorado.

The Colorado Municipal League is the leading nonpartisan resource for municipal officials in Colorado. CML is dedicated to supporting municipal leadership and development through a variety of relationships and partnerships. CML provides high quality resources and services that empower municipal governments to sustain strong, healthy, and vibrant cities and towns. CML represents Colorado cities and towns collectively through its advocacy, membership services, training, and research efforts. CML strives to continuously improve and seeks to identify additional resources, programs, and outreach efforts for its membership.

The conference officially kicked off on Wednesday morning with the opening general session featuring Dan Thurmon, who explored the need to make an ongoing effort to infuse “life” into the workplace, and to let go of the notion of being perfectly balanced. Thurmon provided practical, reality-based solutions to help leaders and employees support one another personally, as well as professionally. Wednesday afternoon, attendees had the opportunity to meet the candidates for next year’s CML Executive Board, as well as current board members. Mayor Collins was introduced as one of six candidates running for three positions representing the small town category of less than 8,000 citizens. On Thursday afternoon, cities and towns voted for these CML Executive Board members and voted on items of business during the League’s annual business meeting. In a runoff with another representative from the Arkansas Valley, Susan Jung of Rocky Ford, Mayor Collins was elected to the position. After the closing session on Friday, the conference wrapped up with an elected officials luncheon and the long drive back to the Arkansas Valley began with plenty of time to ponder the upcoming year and how best to represent the region and other towns of less than 8,000.

In the next few weeks Mayor Collins will be meeting with the leadership of the Arkansas Valley to gather input for the Strategic Planning Retreat to be held in Northglenn July 13-15. This input from local leadership is invaluable to ensure that the region is represented as the year progresses.