Denver City Council is under new leadership and its first female president in more than half a decade.
The group unanimously voted to promote Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore to president. She previously served two terms as president pro tem while Councilman Jolon Clark led the body. The group then unanimously elected Councilwoman Jamie Torres as president pro tem.
As Clark prepared to hand over his gavel to Gilmore, he praised her as a consistent voice and his “rock” in the two terms they served together.
“I know that you will be an amazing and collaborative leader for us and for this city that we all love,” Clark said.
Gilmore thanked her colleagues for their support, noting the transformation period currently underway in the country. She mentioned the global pandemic, record unemployment, food insecurity and a civil rights movement of “epic proportions” alongside divisive leadership at the federal level.
Gilmore promised that the group would embody stronger anti-racist and anti-oppressive language and improve its working relationship with Mayor Michael Hancock.
She is the first female council president since Mary Beth Susman served from 2012 to 2014.
Similarly, Torres thanked her fellow council members for their votes and said she hopes they’ve found her to be thoughtful, deliberate and a fighter for her district.
City Council elects new leadership every year. Presidents earn a salary of $103,000, higher than the $92,000 the other council members earn.
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