Steve Croft named mayor by city council
The Lakewood City Council completed its annual reorganization on March 27, selecting Steve Croft to serve as Lakewood’s mayor from March 27, 2018 to March 26, 2019, and naming Todd Rogers as vice mayor for the same time period.
The tradition in Lakewood and many cities of its size is for mayoral duties to rotate annually among the five members of the city council. The mayor has the same vote as any other council member in meetings, but chairs the meetings and serves as the city’s main spokesperson at public events.
This will be the third term as mayor for Steve Croft, who was originally elected to the city council in 2005. He is serving his fourth term as a council member, after being re-elected in March 2017.
The council’s annual reorganization night started with a “Lakewood Celebrates” community gathering where expressions of thanks and appreciation were made to Diane DuBois for her 2017-2018 mayoral term. DuBois will continue to serve as a council member for the rest of her term, which runs through March 2022.
After being selected as the new mayor, Croft presented remarks to about 150 people gathered in the city council chambers.
Mayor Croft talked about the busy year ahead for Lakewood city government, including stormwater capture projects wrapping up at Bolivar Park and starting up at Mayfair Park this spring. He also highlighted new and existing businesses making investments in Lakewood, such as the large, new Burlington store coming to the former Sports Authority building at Lakewood Center. And he highlighted the return of the “Lakewood Beautiful” recognition program to honor homeowners who make investments of their time and money to beautify their homes and yards.
Croft said he was inspired to a particular project this coming year by a Lakewood resident who recently spoke to the city council. Maria Jimenez had spoken to the council about her 22-year-old son, Adrian, who died from meningitis but had proudly signed up earlier to become an organ and tissue donor upon his death.
“Through his decision, Adrian has saved and improved the lives of many people,” said Croft.
“After hearing from Maria and others in the Donate Life organization, I have decided that as mayor I would like to draw attention to the cause of organ donation. So, I’ll be working with city staff on a few modest…but hopefully helpful efforts…to remind people of the option to sign up to be an organ and tissue donor, and to support public education about organ donation.”
“I find the motto of Donate Life—borrowed from the famous poet Maya Angelou—to be very inspiring and to speak to the core values of so many Lakewood organizations and causes: ‘Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.’”
“We have a busy year ahead,” concluded Croft, “but it will be busy in a good way, as we all do our part to continue to make Lakewood a wonderful place in which to live, raise a family, work and play.”