Woodland Park Mayor Val Carr dies of COVID-19

The mayor of Woodland Park, Val Carr, died on Tuesday after a battle with COVID-19, the city said in a news release.

Carr began his mayoral term in April 2020 and he served for four years on Woodland Park City Council prior to being elected mayor.

“Carr was a very involved member of the community and possessed a strong desire to serve,” the release said.

The city expressed its “deepest sympathies” in announcing Carr’s death.

“I really enjoyed his company and his dedication to this community and he absolutely loved this community with all his heart,” said Mayor Pro Tem Hilary LaBarre. “He had a great sense of sarcasm and an enormous love for animals and his wife.”

LaBarre will now be the city’s chief elected official, for the near future, tasked with running council meetings and other duties.

Per the Woodland Park city charter, the council can appoint a new mayor or call a special election. A decision has not yet been made. The next council meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday.

A celebration of Carr’s life will be held later this year. Memorial contributions may be made to the Teller Senior Coalition or Teller County Regional Animal Shelter

The U.S. flag is being flown at half-staff in Woodland Park through Feb. 22 in Carr’s memory and honor.

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