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Kathy Heider - Mayorkheider@cityofcentral.co
Kathryn Heider became the first woman to serve as mayor of Central City on December 20, 2016.
Heider had been elected to City Council in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. She first arrived in Central City in the ‘60s as a college student to work for a summer. After graduation she worked as a school teacher and even taught some of the current leaders in our community when they were students in Clark School. She also worked as a reporter and managing editor of the Register-Call.
Heider recently retired from Jefferson County government after 16 years as the Public Information Director. She worked closely with the county commissioners and other elected officials and was responsible for marketing, communications and public relations. She also has worked as the assistant county manager for Eagle County government, and as a public information officer for the city of Arvada, the city of Colorado Springs, and Montgomery County Maryland Public Schools.
Currently she volunteers at Ermels Thrift Shop and has been a backstage volunteer with Opera Colorado at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for nearly 20 years.
Her goals as mayor are to work with the City Council, City manager and staff, residents and businesses to do everything the city can to attract new and diverse businesses to our city; and to help existing businesses, casinos, the opera and the nonprofits to thrive. And to do all of this while preserving our incredible history and charming Victorian buildings; improving our antique water system and other aging infrastructure; and especially while safeguarding our quirky but wonderful quality of life.
Shirley Voorhies - Mayor Pro-Temshirleyvco@cs.com303.582.5209
Judy Laratta was elected to the city council in 2014. She has been a resident of Central City for 24 years, and worked in the gaming industry for many of those years.
Born in Idaho, Judy has had an interesting and colorful career, highlighted by her years as a Playboy Bunny and resident of Hugh Heffner's Chicago mansion. This was followed by almost 50 years of tending bar, cocktailing, real estate brokering, and raising a family.
She moved to Central City with her late husband, James. Her son, Dana, is employed by Century Casino as their marketing manager. She lives on the hillside above Main Street with her two pugs, Samantha and Jojo.
Judy is very proud of her efforts to remove the "Do Not Enter" sign from the entrance to our city. Rather than first time visitors being directed away from the core of our city, the new direction of traffic is much more welcoming to new and returning visitors.
Alderman Jeff Aiken has lived in Central City for 35 years and has worked for Central City businesses for all of those 35 years.
For the last 24 years, he has been employed in the casino industry and currently works for Grimes Family Gaming at Easy Street and the Famous Bonanza casinos. Working in the gaming industry in Main Street casinos, talking with both casino guests and local residents gives Jeff an excellent vantage point for seeing and understanding issues affect the city.
In addition to his work in the casinos, Jeff has also been an independent contractor. As a stonemason, he has repaired many of the city’s historic Cornish stone walls.
For the last 12 years, he has been an elected member of the Black Hawk Central City Sanitation District, which has maintained quality services while having what may well be the lowest rates in the nation.
Jeff was first elected to the City Council in February of 2016 to fill a vacancy and was re-elected for a four-year term in November of 2016.
Read the 2016 State of the City Address.