Town Council


2022 Town Council Goal Setting Statement

The Town Council recognizes and is dedicated to capturing and maintaining the current momentum in the community and is excited about the future of Parachute and will help guide the Town to realize its full potential of being the best place to live, work, and raise a family in western Colorado. This includes diversifying the local economy, beautifying the community, and creating additional amenities for existing residents and businesses. The Council understands that these objectives and the expected outcomes are endless, and will take years to accomplish, and the Council’s goal statement is intended to direct Town projects and initiatives that will harvest high, mid, and low-hanging fruit in the community over the next 1-5 years. This goal statement will be re-visited approximately every two years.

Town Council

The Town of Parachute Town Council is comprised of seven members. Of those seven members, six are at-large Council Members and one position for the Town mayor. Each term is for 4 years. The Town Council is comprised of part-time elected officials, meaning that they have jobs in addition to their responsibilities as Council Members.

Town Council Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Regular meetings begin at 6:30 pm

If you would like to reach out to the Council, please send them an email them at council@parachutecolorado.com. This will send your message to all the Council Members at once. You may also reach out to them individually at their emails below. 

Mayor, Tom Rugaard

Mayor Pro-Tem, Claudia Flores-Cruz

Council Member, Artemio Baltazar

Council Member, Rory Birdsey

Council Member, Chris Jackson

Council Member, Juanita Williams

Council Member, Alisa Mueller




Mayor, Tom Rugaard                                   April 2026

Mayor Pro-Tem, Claudia Flores-Cruz         April 2024

Council Member, Juanita Williams             April 2024

Council Member, Alisa Mueller                 April 2024

Council Member, - Rory Birdsey                April 2026

Council Member, Chris Jackson                 April 2026

Council Member, Artemio Baltazar            April 2026