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.