Board of Trustees

Town Board of Trustees

Bayfield is governed by a board of six trustees and a mayor. The Town Board is the governing and legislative body for the Town and is responsible for adopting laws, ordinances, and resolutions as deemed necessary. The board of trustees is supported by Town Manager Kathleen Sickles and Town Clerk/Finance Director Kathleen Cathcart.


Town Board meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in Town Hall Board Room, 1199 Bayfield Parkway.  (See the specific agenda for start time.)

Agendas are typically available the Friday before regularly scheduled meetings.

The public is welcome to attend meetings and address the Mayor and Town Board only during the "Public Input" period at the beginning of each Board meeting.

  • Public comment is limited to three (3) minutes per person.
  • The Mayor will recognize an applicant or member of the public to speak.
  • Speaker should state his or her name and address for the record.
  • Please no interruptions.

Minutes are posted after board approval at the next regular meeting.

Public Hearings

Some meetings may include one or more public hearings to discuss an issue or proposal

Hearing Procedures:

  • Staff presentation
  • Applicant presentation (up to 20 minutes)
  • Public input
  • Board consideration and discussion
  • No decisions are made during public hearings

Minutes are posted after board approval at the next regular meeting.

Executive Session

Not all items on the agenda are open to the public due to their nature.

No decisions are made in Executive Session.


Mayor Ashleigh Tarkington

Mayor Tarkington was elected as Mayor in 2020. She served as Trustee for two years prior, and has served on the boards of Bayfield Chamber of Commerce, Pine River Library, and Region 9. Her term expires in 2024.

Ashleigh Tarkington is a graduate of Fort Lewis College (2000) with a Bachelor's degree in exercise science. She attended graduate school at California State University Long Beach before returning to the Bayfield area. She has owned and operated Billy Goat Saloon since 2003.

Mayor Pro Tem Kristin Dallison

Kristin Dallison moved to Bayfield in 1990 with her family. She attended Kindergarten through 12th grade at Bayfield School District, graduating in 2006. She is currently a stay-at-home mom. She was elected to her second term in April 2020. Her term will end in 2024.

Trustee David Black

Dave is married to Danna, retired owner of Blue Ribbon Woodworks, a custom woodworking shop. He is a lifelong resident of La Plata County and has lived in Bayfield since 1994. He holds a degree in Industrial Arts Education from the University of Northern Colorado. His education included a stint as a legislative intern in the Colorado state legislature. He is a graduate of Leadership La Plata. Dave has served on the La Plata County Board of Adjustment, the La Plata County Planning Commission, and the Bayfield Planning Commission. He has also previously served as a Bayfield Town Trustee. His term as Trustee expires in 2022.

Trustee Josh Joswick

Josh Joswick was appointed by the Board as Bayfield Trustee in October of 2020. His term will expire in 2022.

Trustee Brenna Morlan

Brenna Morlan currently is employed at First Southwest Bank and has many years' experience in the banking industry. She has served as Bayfield Chamber of Commerce president since 2015. Brenna holds a Master's in Business Administration. Her term expires 2022

Trustee Kelly Polites

Kelly has made La Plata County her home since 1998. After serving on the Bayfield Planning Commission in 2015, she was appointed to her first term on the Town of Bayfield Board of Trustees in May 2016. Kelly is also the Board's appointee to the Town's Tree Board. Her term will end in 2022.

Trustee Lori Zazzaro

Lori Zazzaro was elected to her first term as Bayfield Trustee in April of 2020.Her term will expire in 2024.



November 17, 2020

November 10, 2020 Special Meeting

November 3, 2020

October 20, 2020

October 13, 2020 Special Meeting

October 6, 2020

July 7, 2020

June 16, 2020

June 2, 2020

May 19, 2020