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Hayden elects new mayor

Former trustee defeats Parks and Recreation chairman

— Hayden Town Board member Joe Schminkey is the town’s new mayor.

Schminkey beat Richard “Festus” Hagins, 108-74, in Tuesday’s mayoral election. Hagins is the chairman of the Parks and Recreation Board.

Schminkey, who owns Ironhorse Automotive in Hayden, chose to run for mayor instead of seeking another term as trustee.

Tom Rogalski, Jim Haskins and current Hayden Mayor Chuck Grobe received the most votes of the four candidates running for three open trustee seats. Hayden Planning Commissioner Andrea Hayden came in fourth and was not elected.

Grobe, who has served three two-year terms as mayor, was prevented from seeking re-election as mayor because of term limits. So he ran for trustee instead.

“It looks like the town wants me back,” Grobe said. “That’s nice to know that when I was mayor, the people appreciated what I was doing.”

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Haskins is returning to the board after taking four years off from public service. Haskins had served two four-year terms as a trustee.

“When I first got on the board, we struggled with codes,” said Haskins, who has worked with the Colorado Division of Wildlife for 26 years. “There were a lot of codes in this town that didn’t have any rhyme or reason.”

Haskins said he is excited to return to the board because the town now has better tools to manage growth. These include updates to the town codes and an overhaul of the town’s comprehensive plan.

Haskins also said he is looking forward to working with Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin.

Haskins and Grobe think Schminkey will do a fine job as mayor.

“He’s somebody that thinks things through, tries to be thoughtful and make the best decision,” Grobe said.

Haskins said he thinks the personality that Schminkey will bring to the board will be “interesting.”

“He’s very cut-and-dry and to the point,” Haskins said. “That’s not good or bad. That’s just the way he is.”

Town Clerk Lisa Dowling was pleased that more than 20 percent of the registered voters voted. Of the town’s 880 registered voters, 184 cast a ballot.

The new mayor and trustees will be sworn in at the Town Board meeting at 7 p.m..

— To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4210 or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com