Board of Trustees

The Town of Cedaredge is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of one mayor and six trustees who are elected at large to fill a four year term.

Members and Terms

The current Mayor and Trustees (with their elected terms) are:

  • Mayor Patti Michael (2022)
  • Mayor Pro Tem Cathy Brown (2018-2022)
  • Treasurer Richard L. Udd (2020-2024)
  • Trustee Jim Atkinson (2020-2024)
  • Trustee Charlie Howe (2020-2022)
Patti Michael

Mayor Patti Michael

Patti was first elected to serve as trustee in 2014 and in February 2018 was subsequently declared eligible to continue as trustee until 2022. In late 2021, she was seated to fulfill the Mayor's seat; she will serve in that capacity until April 2022. Patti was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. She and her husband Bob met and married in Tennessee, where they owned and operated a dental laboratory for 20 years. Then the couple moved to New Jersey where she worked as senior dental research technician for Dentsply International. She enjoyed a successful career in the dental industry until her retirement. Patti and Bob have a son, Bryan; a daughter-in-law, Jenna; and grandsons Robert and Anthony. She also serves as “Nana” for Bob’s six other grandchildren. The Michaels moved to Cedaredge 10 years ago and purchased Mesa Liquors which they continue to own and operate. She has served on the board of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce and is very active with various community organizations including the Surface Creek Area Lions Club and Cedaredge Ladies Golf Club. She is also a volunteer Rotarian.
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Catherine Brown

MaYOR PRO TEM Catherine "Cathy" Brown

Cathy and her husband Dave have lived in Cedaredge for two years but the couple started vacationing in the area over a decade ago when they began spending time at a cabin on Grand Mesa. Cathy was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and raised in Binghamton, New York, where she graduated from high school. She earned an associate's degree at a private college in Syracuse. She moved West in the early 1970s and lived for a time in Vail and Eagle before relocating to California where she worked for 25 years in public school nutrition services, eventually rising to a management position. It was in California that she met and married Dave Brown, a career electrician, who also worked for the public school system. The Browns have two children, a son in San Diego and a daughter in Nashville, and three grandchildren. Cathy is a member of a local garden club and she participates in pickle-ball. She volunteers at Pioneer Town and Heirlooms for Hospice in Delta. Catherine and Dave are members of the Cedaredge Rod & Gun Club and the Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church. The couple enjoys outdoor sports and can often be found fishing at area lakes.
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Treasurer Richard L. Udd

After attending Cedaredge schools in the mid to late 50’s, Richard Udd moved to California where he earned a bachelors of science degree in Electronic Engineering from California State Polytechnic College and a master of science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He worked for Raytheon Company in Santa Barbara for 33 years holding several upper management positions, including Division Technical Director and Director of Decoy Programs. After retirement, Richard gained experience in municipal government as a member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Municipal Transit District where he served as Treasurer. He returned to his roots in 2003, building a home north of town with his wife Kittie and pursued his hobbies of restoring automobiles, hiking and skiing. He joined the Cedaredge Rotary Club at that time and has served that organization as treasurer and president and continues to serve as the chairman of the Rotary Scholarship Committee. He became a board member of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society in 2005, assuming the position vacated by his mother, Charlotte. He has served that organization as treasurer and president and continues to serve as chairman of the Applefest Antique and Classic Car Show. Richard also serves as advisor to the SCVHS Board on infrastructure maintenance and capital improvements. After the passing of his wife of 51 years, he and his now life partner, Karen, built a new home in the Cottonwood subdivision that was featured in last year’s Cedaredge inaugural Tour De Cedars, a fund raiser for the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center. Richard has been actively involved in community service in Cedaredge and the Surface Creek Valley. He funds a four-year scholarship to a Cedaredge high school graduate each year in memory of his late wife. He is the founding board member and president of the Rotary Club of Cedaredge Foundation which funds Back the Badge, the Community Christmas Dinner, scholarships for our high school graduates and donations to Rotary International for the worldwide eradication of polio. Richard is also a founding member of the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center and the newly formed Surface Creek Community Foundation which provides grant funding for community needs. He was a projectionist at the Mesa movie theater while in high school in the 50’s. That theater is now the Event Center section of the GMAEC facility. He is a volunteer at the GMAEC as – you guessed it, a projectionist! Interesting how life comes full circle!
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Jim Atkinson (JPG)

Trustee Jim Atkinson

James Atkinson is a third generation Coloradoan, born and raised in the Denver area. James and his wife Gretchen have made Cedaredge their home for the past 13 years. They are blessed with six children and 12 grandchildren scattered throughout the country, resulting in some interesting travel opportunities to visit all of them. James received his bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado, as well as in several other states and the U.S. Territory of Guam. Most recently he has been working as a senior manager for an engineering firm in Grand Junction, and is planning retirement this spring. James has designed and managed engineering projects for Fortune 500 companies, private sector clients, municipal communities, large cities, and state and federal agencies, including large military installations. He enjoys activities with his family and friends, traveling with his wife, exploring the outdoors, fishing, camping, and reading.
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Trustee Charlie Howe

Charlie Howe is originally from Michigan. He graduated from Ferris State University with an associates in Radiologic Technology and a bachelors in Nuclear Medicine. His last position was as manager of the Medical Imaging Department in a community hospital. This included hiring, supervision and evaluation of employees. Budget preparation for the hospital board, many in excess of $1 million dollars, was also his responsibility. He and his wife Pam moved to Cedaredge in 2002. “Cedaredge has a lot to offer and I hope as a trustee I can contribute to what makes this a great place to live,” he said.
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