The Mayor is the only official of the governing body who is elected at-large by all voters of the city. The Mayor presides over City Council meetings, serves as spokesperson for the community, facilitates communication and understanding among elected officials, assists the City Council in setting goals and policies by participating in its deliberations, and serves as an ambassador and defender of the community.
With approval of the City Council, the Mayor makes appointments to fill vacant City Council seats and appoints members of city advisory boards and commissions. The Mayor also makes proclamations and serves as a key representative in intergovernmental relations.
The Mayor votes on employment matters of the city manager and municipal judge, charter ordinances, and matters prescribed by state law (i.e., zoning changes). On regular ordinances and other matters, the Mayor votes only to break a tie.
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Elected Mayor in November 2023, assuming office in January 2024.
Elected to the City Council representing Ward 4 in April 2007 and subsequently re-elected in 2011 and 2015.
Former Board Member of the Derby Chamber of Commerce and Derby Education Foundation.
Chairman of the Board of Directors for the El Paso Water Company.
Ex officio member of the Derby Public Library Board of Trustees.
Civic Leader for the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command representing McConnell Air Force Base.
His priorities for the City of Derby include public safety (police and fire services), economic development, park enhancements, and maintaining financial stability.
Mayor Staats' goals include maintaining a small-town quality of life in a growing community.
Staats has lived in Derby since 1979. He retired from the Derby Police Department as a sergeant and is currently the President & CEO of the Derby Chamber of Commerce.
He and his wife, Echo, have a son, Mason, who is a police officer with the City of Derby, making him the first legacy officer in the department.