Elizabeth Mayor Nick Snively resigned from his position effective Wednesday, Jan. 10. Snively recently changed career paths and his new responsibilities will require him to step out of an elected role.
Snively joined the Town of Elizabeth Board of Trustees on May 10, 2022, filling the seat vacated by Ron Weaver. Snively ran unopposed for mayor when Megan Vasquez’s term ended and officially became mayor-elect at the Sept. 13, 2022 board meeting. Snively was also previously involved with Elbert County’s Planning Commission. There are two and a half years left on Snively’s term as mayor.
Town Administrator Patrick Davidson clarified that the “board still must take the formal steps of accepting the resignation, determining who may be appointed as mayor, and related matters.” Trustees will likely discuss this during their next regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 23.
Colorado Revised Statutes 31-4-303 specifies that a town board of trustees has the power, by appointment, to fill all vacancies in the board or any other office, and the appointed person so shall hold office until the next regular election.
The board will choose one trustee as mayor pro tem who, in the absence of the mayor, shall perform the mayor’s duties.
If the board, at the time a vacancy occurs or within sixty days thereafter, lacks a quorum to fill the vacancy, the town clerk will call a special election to be held as soon as is practical to fill the vacancy until a successor is elected at the next regular election. The board may cancel the special election if the board is able to fill the vacancy before the date set for the special election.
Snively said this has been a fairly common process over the last few years — he’s seen it himself five times.
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When asked what has gone well during his term, Snively pointed to “creating more transparency in our work, better communication, and more local engagement.” Snively says the town has accomplished this through a more robust social media campaign, a “throw-back Thursday” type of campaign, and more activity across social media platforms.
In an Elbert County News article from November 2022, Snively said he wanted “to focus heavily on building relationships within the community to ensure people’s voices are being heard and creating transparent communication.” Snively feels he’s succeeded at this goal.
“I have tried to foster a strong sense of community in our public meetings so people feel comfortable attending and even speaking up. In those meetings, you will see a much larger group of public visitors on a regular basis,” he said. “There were times in the past where not a single person would attend. Now we have multiple people that participate regularly and that is highly encouraging.”
A resident recently came to a board meeting and shared: “I never thought I would say this, but I am proud of my local government.” Snively said that sums up the main focus of the work he has been committed to.
Not only has public engagement improved, so has representing diverse viewpoints. “During my time we have brought a much more balanced set of opinions and I have diligently sought to reach out to people with a broad perspective on how local government should operate — mainly around growth. This has reduced a considerable amount of friction that had plagued operations in the past.”
During Snively’s tenure as mayor, the Town of Elizabeth was also able to support the police department with a new chief, funding for better pay, training and up-to-date equipment, as well as more events to bring the community together.
Snively is hopeful he can remain positively involved with the city and county.
To learn more about the Town of Elizabeth mayor and board of trustees, visit townofelizabeth.org/bt.