Town Council Members


Gary Wilkinson

Gary Wilkinson

Title: Frisco Mayor
Tel: 970-389-2276
Email: GaryW@townoffrisco.com

Lived in Frisco Since: 1975

Career Information: Senior Supervisor at the Climax Mine. Summit County Surveyor

Previous Participation in Town Boards or Committees: Past Chairman, Ten Mile Planning Commission and Countywide Planning Commission, served on Citizen Advisory Committee for the update of Frisco Master Plan

Town Council Terms Served & Serving: April 2008 – April 2012 on Town Council and April 2012 – April 2020 as Mayor

Educational Background: B.S. Mining Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Comments

I appreciate the opportunity to serve as Mayor of Frisco and to give back to the community I have enjoyed and appreciated over the last 40 years. I continue to work to maintain the special sense of the Frisco community, while ensuring a vibrant, diverse and prosperous economy. Having been a member of the Summit County Countywide Planning Commission and Ten Mile Planning Commission, I bring to the council an understanding of land use, as well as what issues the town and Summit County will face in the future. I helped with the most recent Frisco Master Plan, Ten Mile Basin Master Plan and Countywide Comprehensive Plan. Each of these plans addresses a number of elements important to our community and its transition towards being built out. I work towards implementing goals outlined in each of those documents, which include key issues such as sustaining the environmental quality we enjoy, addressing affordable housing for our workers, and working with stakeholders on transportation planning. I strive to achieve these goals while maintaining a safe, healthy and sustainable community for our residents, visitors and business owners. I enjoy representing our great community and never tire of hearing what a wonderful town we have.

Hunter Mortensen

Hunter Mortensen

Title: Frisco Mayor Pro Tem
Tel: 970-227-5163
Email: HunterM@townoffrisco.com

Lived in Frisco Since: 1978

Career Information: Professional Ski Patroller

Town Council Terms Served & Serving: April 2014 – April 2022

Educational Background: BA degree in English Colorado State University

Comments

I ran for Frisco Town Council because it is my time to give back to the community in which I grew up. As a native of Frisco I bring a unique perspective that the Council has not had before. I not only remember where we have come from but I also represent the future of this community. As a council member I would have nothing to gain personally, my interests would be that of the town and its residents. The town is poised for important decisions in the coming years. With the foundation that the past councils have built, Frisco will be looking forward to a new set of challenges, growing tax revenue, infrastructure repairs and upgrades, town improvements to accommodate future growth, all while maintaining the spirit of the Town of Frisco and the reason why we all have chosen Frisco as home. As a working resident who has committed to my current job for the past ten years, I bring years of community involvement including sitting on the Board of Directors for the Summit County Rescue Group. I have made a commitment to making Frisco home and look forward to the opportunity to help be an active part of its future.

Jessica Burley

Jessica Burley

Title: Frisco Town Council Member
Tel: 541-350-8089
Email: JessicaB@townoffrisco.com

Lived in Frisco Since: 2011

Career Information: Community Programs Manager, High Country Conservation Center; Adjunct of Sustainability Studies, Colorado Mountain College

Previous Participation in Town Boards or Committees: Peak One Neighborhood HOA

Town Council Terms Served & Serving: April 2016 – April 2020

Educational Background: M.A. International Development, University of Denver; B.A. International Studies and Anthropology, Emory University

Comments

It didn’t take long to realize that Frisco was the community I wanted to settle down in and be a part of. After moving into the Peak One Neighborhood, I set out to become more involved in the community, and as a Town Council Member, my goal is to help guide the future of our small mountain town so it remains friendly and accommodating to the locals who give it so much character.

As the Town looks toward future development, a focus should be on maintaining the organic nature of the community and its amenities. In addition, I believe we should seek to balance future development with meeting the needs of the local workforce and our natural environment. Frisco is special because of our amazing environment, and we should strive to have a mutually beneficial relationship with it. As our community continues to rank among the top mountain adventure towns in the west, we need to ensure we live up to our reputation. We can set an example by balancing tourism with local’s needs; ensuring a friendly atmosphere for visitors but still maintain our historic character; and integrating future development with the needs of our natural environment. I look forward to the opportunity serve my community by bringing the knowledge and experience I have of sustainable development to the table.

Deborah Shaner

Deborah Shaner

Title: Frisco Town Council Member
Tel: 970-409-9082
Email: DeborahS@townoffrisco.com

Lived in Frisco Since: 2004

Career Information: Fire Protection Engineer/Owner, Shaner Life Safety

Previous Participation in Town Boards or Committees: Frisco Planning Commission 2012-2016; Summit County Ten Mile Planning Commission; Frisco Business Advisory Committee Member

Town Council Terms Served & Serving: April 2016 – April 2020

Educational Background: B.S. Colorado School of Mines; M.S. University of Maryland

Comments

As a Fire Protection Engineer, I make a living designing life safety, fire alarm and fire protection systems for buildings and communities. Life safety and community well being are at the top of my list of priorities. Through my experiences living in Frisco and as a Planning Commissioner, I have seen the Town evolve and want to ensure that as we grow we maintain our sense of community. I started on the Frisco Business Advisory Committee, then took on the role of Frisco Planning Commissioner, and have continued to want to give back to the community that I hold so dear. As a council member, my experience with the Town government, understanding of codes and standards and sense of fiscal responsibility serve me well to make decisions that benefit all who live and work in the great Town of Frisco. My background as a Professional Engineer will assist in evaluating the impact of future development on our infrastructure, resources and quality of life. I value Frisco’s small town feel and am committed to making decisions that benefit our town. I am committed to thinking logically and being fair, informed, prepared and engaged. The Town of Frisco will be facing some challenges in the coming years and as a Council Member, I will strive to protect this amazing town and ensure it continues to thrive.

Rick Ihnken

Rick Ihnken

Title: Frisco Town Council Member
Tel: 970-389-0530
Email: RickI@townoffrisco.com

Lived in Frisco Since: 1995

Career Information: Lieutenant, Safety and Medical Division – West Metro Fire Rescue; Part-time ski patroller, Arapahoe Basin; Former Flight for Life Flight Paramedic

Previous Participation in Town Boards or Committees: Peak One Neighborhood HOA. Former Board Member for other HOA boards

Town Council Terms Served & Serving: May 2016 - April 2020

Educational Background: Paramedic Training, Rutgers University; A.D. General Studies, Colorado Mountain College

Comments

As a Frisco Town Council member I aspire to serve as a representative of our local working families. My wife and I have lived and worked in the community since 1995. While living in the Peak One Neighborhood I have come to know many of our community’s families. I look forward to representing these residents, as well as the multitudinous of diverse working families in Frisco. As a Lieutenant for the Safety and Medical Division at West Metro Fire Rescue, where I have worked for 15 years, I supervise, educate and train 80 personnel. I feel confident that my background in leadership, my enthusiasm for the continuing betterment of our community, and my commitment to the prosperity of the local economy will fittingly serve our town.

Frisco’s staff, council, and manager have provided us with guidance and organization over the past decades. I trust that their leadership will guide my decision-making processes. I am interested in learning the intricacies of continuing to grow a town that makes ours a spectacular place to live and to raise my family. Three issues in our near future that are exciting: the Frisco Transportation Center, the Lake Hill development, and the Highway 9 Iron Springs road re-route.

Each of these projects provides opportunities for smart growth for Frisco. The Transportation Center will bring people to our town, providing the Town with an opportunity to create even greater shopping and dining experiences. Lake Hill provides an avenue to strengthen Frisco’s infrastructure, while at the same time creating a year round economy. The Highway 9 re-route, while debated, won on the side of not only proponents of the project, but also the initial opponents. In my tenure as Council member I aspire to continue to forge relationships and, in doing so, carry on the tradition of representing our local working families.

Dan Fallon

Title: Frisco Town Council Member
Tel: 970-389-6950
Email: DanF@townoffrisco.com

Lived in Frisco Since: 1990

Career Information: Former Restaurant Owner: Barkley’s Margaritagrille Restaurant, Barkley’s West Nightclub, Chill Nightclub, Po’ boys Restaurant and Peppino’s Pizza and Subs

Previous Participation in Town Boards or Committees: Over the last 20 years, I have served on numerous Town committees, including a Town of Frisco Master Plan committee. In the last 6 months, I have served on the Frisco Housing Task Force and I am currently a member of the Frisco Marina Master Plan committee.

Town Council Terms Served & Serving: April 2006 - April 2008, April 2018 - April 2022

Educational Background: General Studies, Cornell University

Comments

I have been fortunate to have spent most of my adult life in Frisco. I met my wife Shannon here and we genuinely appreciate the opportunity we are afforded to raise our two sons, Eamonn (12) and Owen (8), here in this incredible environment. I know from experience the considerable time required of a Council member to responsibly represent the concerns of the citizens. I have the time to make this a priority and I believe that my 20+ years of business experience would be an asset to the Council as it prepares to meet the challenges looming in the next term.

The next Council will have to: complete and implement the overdue Town of Frisco Master Plan, including the Marina and PRA plans; -utilize 5A funds and other Town resources to address the enduring workforce and attainable housing crisis while anticipating the effects of density in the Central Core and other workforce housing development; implement policy to mitigate the adverse effects of short term rentals; undertake a comprehensive parking policy and transportation review; consider the final development plan for Highway 9 from Main Street to the Peninsula entrance; ensure that the services and investments in amenities we value as a community are responsibly reconciled in the budget. The primary responsibility of a councilperson is to ensure the long-term financial security of the Town.

I am looking forward to getting to work with the citizens of Frisco to synthesize a proactive and financially responsible plan for Frisco’s future.

Melissa Sherburne

Title: Frisco Town Council Member
Tel: 970-222-3983
Email: MelissaS@townoffrisco.com

Lived in Frisco Since: 2010

Career Information: Managing Partner, West Steamboat Neighborhoods; Associate Member of the Urban Land Institute

Previous Participation in Town Boards or Committees: Frisco Planning Commission: 2012 – 2018, Marina Master Plan Advisory Committee, Unified Development Code Citizen Resource Team

Town Council Terms Served & Serving: April 2018 - April 2022

Educational Background: Master of Environmental Management, Duke University; B.A. Environmental Studies, CU-Boulder; American Institute of Certified Planners; LEED-Accredited Professional

Comments

Living in Frisco for the last 7 years, raising my children here, I have learned that there is something truly unique and special about this town. Frisco is independent and authentic, with strong community values. We cherish our local businesses, take pride in our history, and feel connected to the outdoors. I am concerned that these qualities are at risk, and want to help preserve what makes Frisco such an incredible place to call home.

Housing is vital to our future and will require creative solutions in the years ahead. As a resident of Peak One Neighborhood, I see every day what a positive impact a great neighborhood can have on individuals and families. Our Council needs to ensure that there are opportunities for people of all ages, incomes, and stages of life to live and thrive in Frisco.

Frisco has a wonderful array of businesses and recreational opportunities that support a healthy year-round economy – from Main Street and Highway 9, to the Marina and PRA. Looking forward, we need to foster local businesses that define Frisco’s character; stay on-trend with recreation while maintaining authenticity; and continue to attract new businesses that align with our vision for economic sustainability. We will also need to carefully examine how large projects can affect our long-term quality of life.

Frisco is a gem amongst mountain towns and I care deeply about its future. I am honored to serve this community on the Frisco Town Council.