April 9, 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

A century ago, our community dealt with the Spanish Flu Pandemic by following the recommendations of doctors and public health officials. Today, I know and trust our Public Health Professionals. The City of Gunnison will continue follow the Public Health Crisis Orders until they determine the danger is over. The survival of the most vulnerable in our valley depends  upon our compliance.

No matter how focused you are on your family’s situation, others are also experiencing hardships. It is important that we support each other. Please take the time to insure that your neighbors are ok and are not needing assistance. If you are symptomatic and worsening, please call 641-7660. They will assist you in making the best decision given your circumstances.

The best source for Gunnison Valley COVID-19 information is: gunnisoncounty.org/covid19. The web site is frequently updated. Throughout the valley volunteers are trained to safely handle grocery and pharmacy deliveries. If you need groceries or prescriptions delivered while self isolating or ill: call 641-7959.

We are all concerned about our economy. The web site, gunnisoncounty.org/covid19, contains information to assist our businesses in surviving the pandemic. Congressional and state efforts to assist the economy can be overwhelming. Valley business support groups are interacting weekly. If someone is missing from the conversations reach out and direct them to the web site.

Regardless of how long our COVID-19 crisis lasts, our economic recovery will challenge everyone. In 2018, I visited Greensburg, Kansas. In 2007, 85 percent of their community was wiped out by a tornado.  Homes, businesses, hospital and schools were gone, but collectively they agreed on a recovery and rebuilt their city. They set the bar for resilience.

I am optimistic about our future, because I trust the Gunnison Valley’s resilience and collective wisdom. Our future lies in everyone getting on board and working together. All suggestions require collective vetting, no matter how learned the individual suggestion. Who knows, the unconventional or crazy idea may be the key to our recovery. Regardless, we need to discuss and determine among ourselves the actions we can support together.

We need everyone’s ideas and suggestions to insure our recovery. One way to contribute is to email your thoughts to me: jgelwicks@gunnisonco.gov. There is a thirty member valley wide task force working together to assist our economic recovery planning. I am part of that valley task force. Together we will work to insure our businesses, community organizations will enjoy a good future.

In the words of the Hill Street Blues Sergeant: “Be careful out there.”

Jim Gelwicks
City of Gunnison                                                                                                                    

City Councilors and Term Dates:

Mayor - Jim Gelwicks

Term Expires - 12/14/2021

email Jim G. at: jgelwicks@gunnisonco.gov
cell: 970.765.4372

Mayor Pro Tem - Jim Miles

Term Expires - 12/14/2021

email Jim M. at: jmiles@gunnisonco.gov
cell: 970.209.2886

Councilor - Mallory Logan

Term Expires - 12/12/2023

email Mallory at: mlogan@gunnisonco.gov

Councilor - Diego Plata

Term Expires - 12/12/2023

email Diego at: dplata@gunnisonco.gov
cell: 970.648.0566 

Councilor - Boe Freeburn

Term Expires - 12/14/2021

email Boe at: bfreeburn@gunnisonco.gov

Council encourages citizens to attend Citizen Input. Citizen Input is a scheduled time at the beginning of every Regular Sesson Council Meeting where citizens can share their ideas or concerns with Council. Your input is important and encouraged. Citizens are given 3 minutes to present to Council. 

Contact Info:

Contact City Councilors through the City Clerk, the City Manager or by emailing them with the links listed above.

City Clerk: Erica Boucher, eboucher@gunnisonco.gov | 970.641.8140
City Manager: Russ Forrest, rforrest@gunnisonco.gov | 970.641.8171

Our City is managed by a Council/Manager form of government. There are five elected councilors chosen at-large throughout the City.

Our City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of our City, while the City Clerk serves as the clerk to the City Council. The City Clerk is appointed by the City Manager, subject to confirmation by the City Council. The City Clerk oversees the City Council agendas with the approval of the City Manager. If anyone wants to appear on the agenda, please contact the City Clerk.The City Clerk attends all of the Council meetings and keeps a permanent journal of Regular Session meetings. Click here to go to the Agenda and Minutes page. If you need any other City Council information, please contact the City Clerk's office at 970.641.8080.

Current Projects

State of The City  

The 2019 State of The City reviews Gunnison City Council's Strategic Priorities and shares residents' thoughts and perspectives of them as well as highlights some of the actions the City has or will be taking to fulfill the Strategic Priorities. The 2019 State of the Report is the result of the responses and data collected in the 2018 Community Survey. The community survey was conducted by RRC Associates.

View the report here.

RRC Associates Powerpoint Summary of Community Survey. Presented to City Council on November 13, 2018.

2018 Community Survey Preliminary Data and Comments

 Strategic Plan

Region 10
Region 10 League for Economic Assistance & Planning provides programs and services that meet the needs of the people in the region, are cost-effective, reduce the burden on local governments, leverage available resources, and support our charitable status. Established in 1972, Region 10 is a 501C3 non-profit organization offering public programs in support of eighteen local communities and six counties in western Colorado. This valuable resource is available to all City of Gunnison businesses. Please visit their website and take advantage of the many services that are available to you as a local business.