Paul Donahue has been elected by his fellow councilmembers to serve another two-year term as the mayor of Castle Rock.
Donahue, who was elected to council in 2008, has served as mayor since 2011. Councilmember Jennifer Green nominated him April 15, moments after the newly elected council was sworn into office. Green was later elected by her colleagues as mayor pro tem.
Both Donahue and Green — each of whom live in the Meadows — defeated Councilmember Chip Wilson, 5-2, in the two separate council votes. Councilmember Mark Heath nominated Wilson for both roles.
“I knew I didn't have the votes for mayor but I have served as mayor pro tem in the past, and I would welcome that opportunity again,” Wilson said prior to the second vote. “I think having one representative from the Meadows as mayor and one as mayor pro tem from a different district would be a welcome tag team.”
Councilmember Renee Valentine, who like Green had just been sworn in for her second term, nominated Green to the post with the following words.
“Over the last three years I've been on council with Jen I've come to admire her professionalism and how she conducts herself,” Valentine said. “I highly respect her character, her values and how she stands strongly by her convictions. I'm proud to call her a colleague and a friend and I think the Town of Castle Rock would benefit greatly with the leadership of Jen and Mayor Donahue.”
Both Green and Donahue thanked the council for the opportunity to represent them and serve the town on their behalf.
“I will make sure I serve council and the residents well,” said Green, who emphasized her recent campaign platform of “faith, family and freedom” as the reasons she ran and why serving the Town of Castle Rock is important to her.
“Thank you for the opportunity to serve as mayor for two more years,” Donahue said. “It is an honor and a privilege to do so and I will do the best I can in this position. I promise to each and every one of you to continue on the traditions of town council.”
Prior to the elections, Donahue found himself emceeing commendation ceremonies for outgoing Councilmembers Clark Hammelman and Joe Procopio, who had served as mayor pro tem, and helping to welcome George Teal and Brett Ford to the council.
“I've talked a whole lot over the past month and a half, two months, so I think it is time to start listening,” said Teal, after taking his seat at the dais.