Article III of the City of Cherry Hills Village Charter establishes the roles and duties of the City Council. The City Council consists of six (6) members and the mayor. Each Council member represents one of the six (6) districts
of the City. The Council is empowered to "…enact and provide for the enforcement of all ordinances necessary to protect life, health and property; to declare, prevent and summarily abate and remove nuisances; to preserve and enforce good government, general welfare, order and security of the City and the inhabitants thereof; to provide for the granting of probation and the conditional suspension of sentences by the Municipal Court; and to delegate to boards and commissions…such functions, powers and authority as proper and advisable.”
Doug Tisdale, CEO of Tisdale & Associates LLC, is an attorney, facilitator, problem-solver and champion of causes, with experience leading and counseling nonprofit and for-profit organizations and governments in Africa, Asia,
Australia, Europe and
North America. He has been a real estate developer in Vail and
Colorado. He was Treasurer and Board Member of the
Center for many years, as well as Chairman of the Boards of Eagle Health Care Center and Colorado Neurological Institute, and on the Board of Company of Angels Theatre Company in
Los Angeles. Gov. Hickenlooper has appointed him to the State Board of Registered Psychotherapists. Following graduation from University of Michigan Law School, he clerked for United States District Court Chief Judge Alfred A. Arraj and then practiced with three prominent international law firms. He was married to Patricia C. Tisdale, Esq. for 31 years before her untimely passing and has four grown children and one grandchild. Doug serves as auctioneer for many charities in
Colorado. He is frequently seen on stage in theatrical productions and on television for Viacom. Doug was on the City Council, including a term as Mayor Pro Tem, from 2000 through 2008.
District 1 – Mark Griffin
Mark L. Griffin is an investment banker/private client manager with the Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo. Mark has over 30 years in the investment banking industry with extensive experience in municipal finance. Mark and his wife, Jan, have lived in Cherry Hills Village since 1995. They have three children that all went through the Cherry Creek School system and are presently in college.
Formerly, Mark was the President of the Cherryridge HOA and he believes strongly in his obligation to give back to his community. Mark enjoys golfing, skiing and other outdoor activities with his family.
District 2 - Russell Stewart (Mayor Pro-tem)
Russell is an attorney and litigation partner with Faegre, Baker & Daniels LLP, where his practice focuses on defense of large complex litigation involving prescription products, medical devices, toxic torts, and consumer fraud. He attended Curtis Elementary School (on the corner of University and Orchard) and was active in 4-H, raising and showing livestock and crops at the County and State Fairs. He graduated from Littleton High School, and in the summers mowed the Highline Canal for South Suburban Park and Recreation District. He attended Colorado College, received a law degree from the University of Michigan, and clerked for United States District Judge Richard P. Matsch. His wife, Mary Laird, is a critical care physician and Director of the Swedish Hospital Intensive Care Unit. They have two sons, Russell and Laird, who attend Kent Denver School.
District 3 – Alex Brown
Alex Brown was appointed to his Council position in November 2008 to fill a vacancy for City Council District 3. He and his wife Nancy, along with their sons Greg and Rob, have lived in the Village since 1991. He moved to Colorado in 1978 from Pennsylvania. Alex was an investment banker specializing in municipal bond underwritings for 26 years and now works as a consultant to various public entities. He has served on the City’s Boards of Planning and Zoning and Adjustment and Appeals. He also served on the Citizen’s City Center Committee. His interests include bicycling, golf and bird watching.
District 4 – Scott Roswell
Scott Roswell is counsel with General Moly, a development and exploration stage mining company. Previously, he was counsel with a Centennial financial services company, at attorney with Qwest and in private practice with the Denver law firm of Hall & Evans.
Scott previously served on the Cherry Hills Village Board of Adjustment and Appeals, prior to his election to City Council. Scott and his wife Sheri reside in the Viking neighborhood of Old Cherry Hills with their two sons, who attend Colorado Academy.
District 5 - Klasina VanderWerf
The professional career of Klasina VanderWerf has included two decades as an educator in the public school systems of both New Mexico and Colorado and in Colorado’s community college system. She has also served as an administrator, marketer, and development director for private non-profits in the metro Denver area. Before joining the Cherry Hills Village City Council, Klasina served as the co-chair of the Village’s Parks and Trails Committee and as an alternate member of the Board of Adjustment and Appeals. Klasina currently serves on the boards of the South Suburban Park Foundation and the Cherry Hills Land Preserve. She is also the author of the book High on Country: A Narrative History of Cherry Hills Village
. Klasina and her husband have two children and two grandchildren.
District 6 - Katy Brown
Katy Brown is the former Chair of the Village’s Parks Trails and Recreation Commission, a Commission on which she served for the past four years. Ms. Brown, who holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has resided in Cherry Hills Village for eight years. She is the founder and president of Visionary Consulting, a small web development company blending technology, creativity and strategy to create powerful web sites. Ms. Brown is heavily involved in a number of nonprofit organizations on the state and national levels. She is married and has two small children.