Since moving to Fort Collins 40 years ago, Gerry has resided in the northwest district. He has a long history of public service and was elected six times to represent the citizens of northwest Fort Collins, serving on the city council from 1981-1994. Gerry was the city’s Mayor from 1984-1985, Assistant Mayor 1983-1984 and Mayor Pro Tem 1993-1994.
Re-elected to the Fort Collins City Council in April 2011 to represent the citizens of District 6, Gerry’s most recent term ended April 2019. During his tenure, in April 2013, 2015 and 2017, he was elected Mayor Pro Tem.
Gerry has previously met the needs of Fort Collins citizens by studying written materials and meeting with various proponents and opponents to ask questions and learn. He works with his fellow councilmembers and citizens to create coalitions to craft policy and enact it. Gerry’s passion is for solving local issues, ensuring systems are put in place to resolve any issues as they occur.
CURRENT: Gerry is a founding steering committee member for WaterNow and is on the steering committee for NoCo Housing. He is also the President of the Boxelder Basin Regional Stormwater Authority.
In 2019, Governor Jared Polis appointed Gerry to the Colorado Public Health and Environment’s Small Business Advisory Committee, where he serves as Chair. In April 2019, Gerry completed his appointment as Vice-Chair on the National League of Cities Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR) Advocacy Committee and as a member of the University Communities Council.
PAST: Gerry provided leadership in an open, responsive, accountable and fiscally responsible government. He was instrumental in changing the City’s position from opposition to support of the Wild and Scenic Designation of the Cache La Poudre River and establishing the Natural Areas Program and the expansion of trails and open spaces.
During his previous tenure on council, he served on the NLC EENR Steering and Policy Committees. Gerry also represented the City Council on the Larimer County Open Lands Board, Platte River Power Authority, Poudre Fire Authority, North Front Range Transportation and Air Quality Planning Organization (Chair for two terms), I-25 Coalition and Boxelder Basin Regional Stormwater Authority (President).
In 2014, Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Gerry to the Regional Air Quality Commission and reappointed him in 2016.
Gerry brings 40 years of business experience building successful enterprises. Gerry has his bachelor’s degree in economics and geography from Towson State University, his master’s degree in resource economics from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in wildlife biology from Colorado State University (Go Rams!)
He and his wife, Connie, have five grown children and seven grandchildren. Gerry enjoys riding his bike along the Fort Collins trail system — especially the Poudre Trail.