|Mayor of Fort Collins, Colorado|
April 19, 2005 – April 12, 2011
|Preceded by||Ray Martinez|
|Succeeded by||Karen Weitkunat|
March 22, 1942 |
Doug Hutchinson is a former mayor of the city of Fort Collins, Colorado.
Early life and career
Born in Billings, Montana and raised in Fort Collins, Hutchinson graduated from Fort Collins High School and attended Colorado Technical University, earning a bachelor's degree in physical science in 1965. After graduation, Hutchinson served for over twenty years in the United States Air Force. During his time in the Air Force, he earned a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1976. He retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1989 and then worked as a civilian Department of Defense employee before retiring to Fort Collins in 1999. Hutchinson is married; he and his wife, Cathy, have three children and seven grandchildren.
Mayor of Fort Collins
After returning to Fort Collins, Hutchinson became involved in politics, and wrote a column on local government for the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Hutchinson ran for mayor in 2005, defeating city council member Bill Bertschy, Libertarian Mark Brophy, and high-school teacher Scott VanTatenhove. During his campaign, he was the beneficiary of support from the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce in their first endeavor supporting local candidates. The Chamber of Commerce again endorsed Hutchinson during his 2007 campaign for re-election.
Part of a "pro-business" conservative ideological majority during his first two years leading Fort Collins City Council, Hutchinson has expressed a personal desire to maintain balance between economic development and environmental protection. During his first term as mayor, Hutchinson introduced a new city budgeting process, and touted a healing of personal rifts between council members under his leadership. While mayor, he has also been named to the Executive Board of the Colorado Municipal League, and as a director of the Colorado Climate Project.
In April 2007 municipal elections, Hutchinson again faced high school teacher Scott VanTatenhove for a second two-year term as mayor., winning re-election overwhelmingly, but facing leadership of a council which saw a shift to a more "progressive" majority.
In April 2009 municipal elections, Hutchinson was elected to a third two-year term as mayor.
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