Yampa Mayor resigns after 18 years

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After almost 18 years on the Yampa Town Board, Tom Estes has resigned.

He has served as mayor since 2000, and has participated on the Town Board since 1988, with a few breaks.

Estes, who could not be reached for comment, resigned for health reasons, Yampa Town Clerk Janet Ray said.

Estes has been replaced by Bruce Pitts, who was serving as mayor pro-tem. Pitts also could not be reached for comment. Paul Zywicki has been appointed to serve as mayor pro-tem.

Pitts will serve as mayor until the April 2006 election.

Because of Estes' resignation and the shuffling of trustees, the Town Board has a trustee vacancy and is asking anyone interested to apply.

Estes was first elected as a trustee in April 1988, and he served until 1992, Ray said. He then served as mayor from 1992 to 1994.

In 1996, Estes was appointed to fill a trustee vacancy, which he did for four years. In 2000, he was appointed as mayor, and then he was elected in April 2002 for a two-year term.

Estes was re-elected as mayor in April 2004 after the election was canceled and the candidates declared elected because there were no contested races.

While in office, Estes attended several local energy impact grant prioritization hearings and spearheaded Yampa's clean-up day, Ray said. Estes and his wife, Eloise, assisted with various projects while Estes was in office. Both have served on the Fourth of July committee for a number of years.

Ray said the town was grateful for Estes' years of service.

"His service has been appreciated," Ray said. "In small towns, to get volunteers is not always easy, and (serving on the Town Board) is a tough job sometimes.

"So yes, his service is definitely appreciated."

Any one interested in the open trustee position should submit a letter of interest. To be considered for the office, a person must be at least 18 years of age, a registered elector and have resided within the town limits of Yampa for one year. The appointee will serve until the April 2006 election. For more information, call Janet Ray at 638-4511.

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