Council Members & Commentaries

Mayor Marjorie Sloan

Mayor Marjorie Sloan(303) 279-0088

I’m honored to serve as mayor of Golden, our small-town gem in the Denver metropolitan area. Golden is the home of more than eighteen thousand engaged and involved residents and the destination of hundreds of thousands of visitors. My goal is to maintain and enhance the Golden experience for all these folks.

We have a well-run city in a strong financial position. Our neighborhoods are nurturing and our downtown is so vibrant that we recently won the 2013 Colorado Urban Land Institute Impact Award. We have an award-winning parks and recreation department that provides great experiences for people of all ages. The Golden Police, Fire, and Public Works departments protect persons and their property. And volunteerism is a hallmark of Golden. Our residents pitch in to make sure that we have good government, excellent schools, service to those in need, and terrific community events.

The city’s very professional staff, citizen boards and commissions, city council, and I want to hear and benefit from your good ideas. Please stay in touch through emails to; phone calls to 303-279-0088; or through my Facebook page at Mayor Marjorie Sloan (where I regularly post community-news updates).  And if you’d like to meet in your neighborhood to demonstrate an idea, problem, or event, just call to set up a MIMBY (Mayor in My Back Yard) date.


Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves

Saoirse Charis-GravesDistrict 1

(303) 709-7529

In my childhood, community and connection mattered. Honesty, hard work, and living daily life according to your values mattered. Giving back, making a difference, caring for your neighbor — this is what I learned in the small town where I was born.

Today, I live, work and play in Golden, a small town I’ve come to love deeply. With your support, I now have the opportunity to protect what I love and to help our city remain the unique, vibrant place in which we all love to live.

As I walked in neighborhoods and knocked on doors, citizens of Golden told me that preserving the small town feel and character of our city is top priority. They also appreciate and enjoy the many amenities that make Golden resource-rich for an active, engaged community. It was clear that the people of Golden care about staying connected to one another in their neighborhoods and appreciate the efforts of city staff to support them and communicate with them.

Communication will be a focus for me, both with citizens and with staff. I’ll be looking for opportunities to talk with the people of Golden as they live, work and play. I want to keep folks informed just as I want to hear about priorities and concerns. I’ll continue to meet with and learn about the work of our city staff.

Taking the oath of office to serve the people and the city of Golden was an emotional moment for me. It is my deep honor to represent our citizens and our city.

Councilor Casey Brown

Casey BrownDistrict 2

(303) 900-2003

For nearly a decade, I have served our community on many boards, commissions, and civic groups, including the Golden Planning Commission, Campaign Election Board, and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. In doing so, I have worked to preserve and enhance what makes Golden great—its historic character, unique neighborhoods, strong public schools, and engaged citizens actively participating in the strategic direction of the town we cherish. Now I look forward to bringing my experience and vision to help manage this time of transition by representing you on Golden City Council.

My wife, Gina, and I have been privileged to live in Golden for the past 11 years with our two sons who attend our neighborhood schools here in Golden. Through my volunteer experiences with the City, I have had the opportunity to traverse every neighborhood and gain an appreciation of the unique challenges facing each different corner of our town. As I walked door-to-door throughout District 2, I have enjoyed getting to meet with friends and neighbors both old and new. Moreover, I am constantly impressed by the many extraordinary people who call Golden their home and what we can accomplish when we work together.

Councilor Robert Reed

Robert ReedWard 1

Rob Reed is a Jefferson County native and graduate of Golden High School, where he was captain of the soccer team. Because he wanted to see if he could make a Division I soccer team, Rob decided to attend the University of the Pacific, where he majored in journalism and political science/pre-law, played soccer, raced on the ski team and helped form the ski club.

After graduating from college, Rob spent a year working in a small advertising and public relations firm before returning to Colorado to attend law school at the University of Colorado. After graduating and passing the bar exam, Rob worked for two specialty firms that focused on mortgage lending and servicing. In 1997 Rob started his own practice, which focuses on real estate law. Rob has represented people and businesses throughout Colorado in real estate transactions and litigation. Rob has also done pro bono legal work for organizations that assist women in crisis and families in need.

Rob and his wife, Kristin, got married at Table Mountain Inn almost 20 years ago (Rob’s parents were married in front of the same fireplace before TMI was TMI). Rob and Kristin moved to Golden in 2003.

Councilor Paul Haseman

Paul HasemanWard 2

Serving on various City civic groups and boards prepared me to become a City Councilor for Ward 2.  Preserving the true character of Golden continues to be my goal and the goal of the Council.  Preserving our character is only made possible by our many, many volunteers who, working together, make Golden Golden.  Thank you all for your contributions to our great City.  We should all be proud and thankful.

By way of brief background, I graduated West Point as an officer in the Corps of Engineers.  After Vietnam and teaching at the Army Engineer School, my career shifted to law with two law degrees and work in the aerospace industry for 30 years.  My last position was Vice President and General Counsel for $3B company.  This broad corporate experience reinforces the value of communication and teamwork.

My wife, Vivian, and I are happy to enjoy Golden with our two daughters, Lynn and Janelle, their spouses and six of our 13 grandchildren.  Life is good in Golden.

Councilor Jim Dale

Ward 3

Jim Dale(303) 916-0810

I’m honored to serve on the Golden city council. I was raised on a small farm in Kansas by depression era parents and learned the value of a strong, caring community such as our Golden.

After serving 30 years in the Air Force as a veterinarian and public health officer, LouAnne and I moved to Golden in 1999 to become Director of Environmental Health for Jefferson County Public Health. I consider the health of our community of utmost importance.

A key value of my family is education, and I am proud and supportive of our local schools and the Colorado School of Mines.

Service on the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee and Planning Commission, and the Citizens Sustainability Advisory and Visitor Center Boards, has further prepared me to be thoughtful of the key needs of our city. I will work to keep Golden financially sound and people focused while providing accessible and transparent governance.

Please contact me with feedback, thoughts, concerns and questions.

Councilor Laura Weinberg

Laura WeinbergWard 4

(303) 241-9823

I am proud to serve as our City Councilor for Ward 4 – a diverse, historic and wonderful collection of neighborhoods, downtown and the School of Mines. When my husband and I moved here to raise our family, the remarkable community of Golden embraced us. People love Golden for many reasons and have diverse viewpoints and excellent ideas about the current and future direction of our town. I want to be a positive voice in our community and work collaboratively with all concerned parties.

Golden is in an enviable position with a strong infrastructure, healthy economic base, diverse recreation opportunities, dedicated city staff, and engaged community members. I urge all citizens to consider getting more involved with our city through any number of committees, boards and nonprofit organizations. The knowledge and connections you make will enrich your life in Golden. My priorities on Council are to continue to make government transparent and accessible, maintain our careful budgeting, and enhance our way of life.

Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and ideas or contact me with any questions or concerns.

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 Did You Know?
Golden was originally chosen as the territorial capital of Colorado in 1862.

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