City Council and Staff
Councilor Robert Drexel
Councilor Robert (Bob) Drexel is a native of Colorado. He has been a resident of Gunnison since 1967 when he came to Gunnison as a freshman to attend Western. He is married to Cindy who is a retired Western professor.
Bob has two degrees from Western, both in education. His teaching career in Gunnison includes teaching at Blackstock Elementary and Ruland Middle Schools. He taught mainly math courses for 17 years in grades fourth through eighth. He took a short hiatus outside Gunnison to complete graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a Ph.D. During his career in education, Bob served as principal of Ruland Middle School, Gunnison Middle School and Gunnison Community School.
During his career in Gunnison, Bob served on many local and state committees both in and out of the fields of education and water. He is an active member of Trinity Baptist Church. He enjoys skiing, racquetball, reading and family activities. He is serving his second four-year term on the Gunnison City Council.
Councilor Drexel serves on multiple committees. The committees on which he serves are Region 10, Fireman’s Pension Board, the Gunnison Valley Housing Foundation, and the Gunnison Memorial Scholarship Fund. He is also a Municipal Court liaison.
Erica Boucher, born and raised in Arvada, Colo., graduated with honors with Western in December 2000. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in European History and minors in English and Environmental Studies. After graduation, Erica moved to Carrabassett Valley, in northern Maine to work at a private ski and snowboard academy with her husband. After eight blissful years in rural Maine, Erica and her husband returned to Gunnison. Erica was employed at Western for nine and half years in the Academic Affairs departments before transitioning to the City Clerk position with the City of Gunnison in January 2018. One of the aspects that Erica enjoys most about her job as City Clerk and is having the opportunity to continue to work with Western students, staff, and faculty on a variety of dynamic projects.
In her free time, Erica enjoys cooking, running, and spending time outdoors throughout all four Gunnison Valley seasons.
Councilor Leia Morrison
Leia Morrison was elected to Gunnison City Council in May 2015. She is a 22 year resident of Gunnison and a graduate of Western Colorado University. Leia and her husband Daren own three small businesses in town including Morrison Tile and Stone, Firekeeper Social Media Management as well as the art gallery Hawk in the Hollow. They are also happily busy raising their two girls, Elle and Annabelle. Leia also teaches courses for Western Extended Studies, Sanctuary Somatics and is social media consultant for the Colorado Small Business Development Center.
Over the years Leia has been highly involved with community organizations and events such as serving as the President of Kids Kount (now called E3), a board member of the Gunnison Arts Center and a volunteer at the Gunnison Senior Center.
Leia is also the city representative on the Community Builders Task Force, the Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) and also serves as Secretary on the Gunnison Valley Rural Transportation board.
Mayor Pro Tem Jim Miles
Mayor Pro Tem Jim Miles is a native of Gunnison. He raised his three children Michele, Billy and Missy here is Gunnison, with his late wife Becky. All three of his children still reside here.
Jim has been a local business owner for over 20 years. He began managing Holden Village in 1986 and purchased the business in 1997. His business expanded with the of Two Miles Properties in 2014.
Jim spent 35 years on the Gunnison Volunteer Fire Department, ‘Active’ retiring in 2015. 12 of those years he served as Fire Chief. He also spent 18 years serving as a Colorado Post certified reserve officer with the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office.
In Jim’s free time he enjoys making memories with his family, especially his four grandchildren. He is also an avid Denver Broncos’ fan and as a season ticket holder he tries to attend as many home games as he can.
Councilor Miles serves on the Gunnison rural transportation authority board and on the community builders task force.
Councilor Mallory Logan
Councilor Logan was elected to Gunnison City Council in May of 2017.
She serves as the City Representative on the Gunnison Arts Center Advisory Council, the Gunnison Chamber Advisory Committee, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and The Sustainability Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Committee.
She is the current owner of RoShamBo.
A native of Colorado she currently resides in Gunnison with her son Harlan.
Mayor Jim Gelwicks
Mayor Gelwicks moved to Gunnison in August of 1981. He came to the area to take a job as a Communication Faculty Member at Western. During his 23 year tenure there he taught many classes in speech, television, communication technology, and others. While at Western he served 14 years as the General Manager at the student radio station, KWSB-FM. He retired from Western in December of 2004.
Serving the Gunnison community for many years this is his second time to be on Gunnison City Council. He began on Council in 1987 all the way to 1997 serving as our Mayor from 1993-1995.
Since his retirement from Western Jim keeps busy volunteering his time to help veterans and children, and he still runs the clock at Western Colorado University basketball games.
In his spare time, he enjoys fishing as well as simply living and walking through the streets of Gunnison.
Mayor Gelwicks serves on the Colorado Municipal League Policy Board, the City Investment Policy Board and the Gunnison County Trails Commission.