Aug 13, 2014 8:26 PM by Kelsey Kennedy
The City of Woodland Park has a new mayor. News 5 is learning more about Mayor Neil Levy, as well as the way he was selected.
Mayor Neil Levy has been in business in Woodland Park since the early 1990's. He's owned the Swiss Chalet since 1999, and down the pass in Colorado Springs, he owns the Pepper Tree Restaurant. Levy calls himself a businessman rather than a politician. He says he hopes he can restore some respect to mayor's office.
"I've got a good reputation in the community from being in business," Levy said. "I've committed my time and my resources for the last 23 years."
Levy has served on the Chamber of Commerce Board for eight years. He says he plans to jump right in to his new job as Mayor of Woodland Park, and keep the city headed down the right path.
"Lots of positive things are happening at City Hall," he says. "Capital improvement projects, and a possible Woodland Park Aquatic Project."
City council had 30 days to fill the position after David Turley resigned in July amid sexual assault allegations.
With six council members voting, the city knew a tie was possible. They looked to the Colorado State Constitution and Woodland Park City Charter for tie-breaker instructions.
Finding none, council was briefed that in the event of a tie, the name of the new mayor would be drawn from a hat.
"We know of municipalities that draw straws, that cut a deck of cards, that roll dice," said City Manager David Buttery. "We chose to put names in a hat. Actually, we used a bowl to do that."
Regardless of how Levy was picked, Buttery says he has the full support of City Hall.
"We want to make him successful, and make council successful," he says. "Because when they're successful, the city is successful, and we can provide great services for our citizens."
Levy was selected to fill Turley's term in the mayor's office through April 2016. Turley has maintained his innocence since his resignation.