Don Dezellem

Don Dezellem


Don Dezellem

Candidate for City Council, 

City of Woodland Park 

2024 Municipal Election


  Phone: 719-205-3592 

  Email:  jcsdzlm@yahoo.com

 Website:  dondezellem.com

DON DEZELLEM

Candidate for City Council of Woodland Park, Colorado

2024 Municipal Election


My name is Don Dezellem, and I would like to introduce myself to you. I was born in New York state and lived in Mississippi, Wyoming, and Santa Maria, California where I lived for 28 years before moving to Colorado. As a youth, I played violin in the school orchestra, became an Eagle Scout, and was active in high school sports. After high school, I attended Allan Hancock Community College graduating with an AA in Liberal Arts. I then attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo majoring in Recreation Administration. 


I have worked in management for McDonald's franchisees for 30 years, 7-Eleven for 8 years, the storage industry for 7 years, the insurance industry for 5 years, and currently Walmart for the last 9 years. My civic involvement has included serving on the school board of Christian Life School in California, past membership in the Pikes Peak Rotary Club, chairing a subcommittee on the 2030 Comprehensive Plan for Woodland Park, serving on the 2022 Charter Review Committee, and currently serving on the Woodland Park Planning Commission and the Woodland Park Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. I also serve on the board of the Dayspring Christian Foundation. 


Why am I running for City Council? Because it is vital to have candidates who are concerned, knowledgeable, moral, and virtuous to represent the citizens of Woodland Park. I have attended council meetings for the last 6 years on a regular basis, observing a lack of transparency and respect by our council members for the citizens of Woodland Park and to each other. When elected I will work at fostering an environment within the council of transparency, respectfulness, cooperation, and integrity. I will treat citizens, Council members, and city staff respectfully and listen to their points of view. My decisions will be based on the information provided to all Council by staff, public comment, and my understanding of whether it is the proper role of government to act upon. I will strive to avoid any conflict of interest and disclose any such conflicts. 


I intend to support current and future reviews and revisions to the City charter, codes, zoning, and planning regulations to allow the city to adapt to a continually changing community. I am committed to eliminating unnecessary governmental barriers so local business owners can prosper and help Woodland Park become a shopping, recreational, cultural, and event destination. We must find creative ways to retain our valuable police officers and other city employees and reduce hiring/turnover costs. Ensuring a budget that meets the needs not the desires of city departments, provides for an adequate reserve, services existing debt as quickly as possible, provides for adequately maintained infrastructure, and reduces mil-levy and sales tax levels is essential. Building mutually beneficial working relationships with Teller County, El Paso County, surrounding towns and agencies,  along with state and federal entities is essential for Woodland Park's future.