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The Town Council consists of seven members including the Mayor. Members are elected for two year terms. The Mayor is an elected position, the Mayor Pro Tem is selected by the Council at the first regular meeting following each annual election. The Council's regular meeting is the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm. The Council holds a workshop on the 3rd Wednesday of every odd month at 6:00 pm.
Ridgway Town Council, November 2014 (from left to right): Bo James Nerlin (no longer serving), Stephen Barnes, Ellen Hunter, Rick Weaver, Mayor Pro Tem Eric Johnson, Jason Gunning (no longer serving), and Mayor John Clark.
  • Mayor John Clark
  • Mayor Pro Tem Eric Johnson
  • Robb Austin
  • Candia Gold
  • Ellen Hunter
  • Nick Williams
  • Rick Weaver
  • Stephen Barnes


, a native Coloradan, has lived in Ridgway since 1982. After making his living as a glass artist for a quarter century, John made the rather unconventional switch to being a Macintosh computer consultant. “I enjoy helping people get along with technology, instead of feeling like they’re always fighting it,” he says.

John was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Ridgway Town Council in 2000 and was elected mayor in April 2012. He is now in his sixth term on Council and in his second term as mayor. Additionally, he has been on the Ridgway Planning Commission for well over 20 years, with the exception of a one-year hiatus in 1983-84.
Regarding his tenure on the Town Council and the Planning Commission, John says, “I really enjoy working in Town government. I care very much about looking out for the Town’s best interests and strive to keep it moving in a positive direction and, most importantly, at a manageable rate. Now that we’re finally coming out of the recession that began in 2008, I believe it’s time to find ways to grow our community in a truly innovative and productive direction. We need to build a vibrant and resilient Ridgway, so that we not only survive, but also thrive, wherever the 21st century takes us.”


has been serving on the Town Council since April 2003. He was re-elected in April 2011.
Eric has been a resident of Ridgway since 1997. He is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner currently practicing at the Telluride Medical Center. He received a B.S. in Nursing in 1991 from Idaho State University and a Masters in Nursing from the University of Utah in 1995.
About serving on the Town Council Eric says "I value the sense of community in Ridgway and see my service on Town Council as a way to preserve and enhance Ridgway's environment, culture and businesses."
Eric is married to Kaye Middleton; they have two dogs. He is a "sometimes" writer who enjoys cooking, gardening, skiing and most outdoor activities.
was elected to the Town Council in April of 2016. He has served on the Town Parks and Open Space Committee since December of 2015 and serves on the Ridgway Chautauqua Society, dba The Sherbino Theater.
Robert (Robb) Austin recently retired as the Chief Executive Officer of the Moab Regional Hospital in April of 2015 after working 40 years in the health care industry. His previous positions were as the Chief Executive Officer of the Estes Park Medical Center (CO), President of the Gunnison Valley Hospital (CO) from 1984-2003 and the Director of Business Development & Outreach for the Poudre Valley Health System (Fort Collins, CO).
Robb received his Master of Science degree in Business & Health Fiscal Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his B.S. degree from Moorhead (MN) State University.
Robb’s wife is Betsy Baier, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) currently working as the Bereavement Coordinator for Hope West in Montrose and they have 3 children Elyse, Emily and Erik and three grand-children.


was appointed to fill a Council vacancy in July 2015. According to the Ouray Plaindealer, Candida has resided in Ridgway for over 9 years since first visiting to shop at Lupita's Bizarre Bazaar. Candida now works at Lupita's. Candida loves Ridgway and says "The whole set up here is quite wonderful".


served on the Town Planning Commission for eight years, with five of those as Chair, before becoming a member of the Town Council in 2009.  She was re-elected in April 2011. In her words, being a part of the Ridgway Town Government “is a interesting way for me to give a little something back to this great community, and as a stay-at-home mom, it gets me out of the house sometimes!"   Having been raised in Colorado, Ellen met her husband Greg in Ridgway, and she loves the community for all it has to offer.  “Both my children were born here, I really think that this is one of the best places to raise children.  Living here is a joy and I look forward to the great future that I think Ridgway has.”


was appointed to fill a Council vacancy in July 2015.   In April 2016, he was elected to the Council.  Nick is also an active member of the Town Parks, Trails, & Open Space Committee.
Attending both the University of Virginia and University of Kentucky, Nick received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky in 1976.  Following a 30-year career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C. (information systems and security), Nick retired in 2010 then moved to Ridgway’s Solar Ranch.  He is currently serving on the Solar Ranch HOA board.
Nick is married to JoAnne Williams.  In 1998, they met in the “middle of nowhere” while hiking the Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Montana.  In 2000, on a splendid October day, Nick and JoAnne were married on top of Hawksbill Peak, the highest point in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.  Nick (and JoAnne) enjoys backpacking (he hiked the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail in 1979, the 2,600 mile Pacific Crest Trail in 1988, and the 3,000 mile Continental Divide Trail in 1998), biking, volunteering, and life in a small mountain town.
His goal as a Councilor is to help the Town grow responsibly while preserving its delightful small town charm.  We live in a little bit of heaven here on earth . . .


After a successful career as a television producer, and his family transplanted from California to Ridgway in 2005. Rick is the developer of RiverSage, Ridgway’s newest subdivision, as well as the adjacent Dennis Weaver Memorial Park. His wife Judy is a cosmetologist and owner of Daymakers Salon. Their sons Travis and Jess graduated from Ridgway High School and are now working and studying in Hollywood. Rick was first elected to Town Council in April of 2008 and is currently serving his 4th term.
Councilor grew up in the mountains of northern New Hampshire, which instilled a lifelong passion for the outdoors. After more than a decade as a mountain and river guide and years of exploring around the globe (Barnes has visited six of the seven continents), Barnes moved into a career in outdoor gear development and design at Osprey Packs and The North Face.

While at Osprey, Barnes lived in Mancos, Colorado, and served as chair of the Planning Board there for three years. He met his wife while skiing in Telluride in 2010 and since early 2011, the family – which now includes two munchkins who love the outdoors as much as their parents – has been settled into their home in Ridgway. Barnes now runs a small independent consulting company that helps startup companies create brand messages and innovative products.

Barnes believes that Ridgway is ideally positioned to be a stop on southwestern Colorado tours, as well as a magical destination for recreation of ALL sorts. As a Town Council member, Barnes looks forward to contributing to Ridgway’s bright future.



John Clark


Eric Johnson


Robb Austin
Candida Gold
Ellen Hunter
Nick Williams
Rick Weaver
Stephen Barnes


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