City Council Members are responsible for the administration of the City. It provides for such departments and employees as it deems appropriate and designates the powers and duties of its officers and employees consistent with state statutes and the City’s Home Rule Charter. The City Council adopts such personnel and administrative regulations as it deems necessary and appropriate. All officers and employees of the City are responsible to the final authority of the City Council. Council Members shall be elected for four-year terms.
Ethan Funk, Mayor
After regularly visiting Ouray with his brother for many years, Ethan finally made the move here in 2002 from the East Coast. One year later, he was joined in by his brother, and they started a technical consulting company that designs wireless electronics for commercial and aerospace companies. In 2011, the brothers purchased a silent commercial FM radio station in Telluride, which they now operate from a studio in Ouray. Ethan enjoys hiking and skiing here in the mountains he loves and is thankful he was able to buy a home 16 years ago when that was possible with a middle-class income. After serving two years as a city councilor, he was elected into the role of mayor where he can fully express his passion for our community, engage more closely with our eclectic mix of people, and share in the challenges that define our community.
Term: December 2021 - December 2023
Tamara Gulde, Council Member
Tamara Gulde was elected as a Council Member in the City of Ouray in 2021.
Tamara has been a citizen of Ouray since 2005. She has proudly served on several boards and committees, most recently acting as Vice-Chair of the City of Ouray Planning Commission on which she was a member for ten years. She also served on the Ouray Area Joint Planning Board for several years, Beautification Committee for three years, Ouray Hot Springs Pool Improvement Committee for three years, and Ouray Community Plan 2021 steering committee for three years, serving as Chairperson through its adoption.
Tamara and her husband, Bruce, have owned and managed a cornerstone Main Street retail business called Mountain Fever Shirts & Gifts since 2007. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. During her three-year term on Chamber Resort Association, Tamara served as president for two years and vice president for one. As a supporter of Ouray students, she served as Race Director of the Mt. Sneffels Marathon and Half Marathon for two of the ten years on the race committee. Tamara is an experienced networker and looks forward to serving, engaging, and connecting with the Ouray community.
Tamara is the Council liaison on the Community Economic Development Committee.
Term: December 2021 - December 2025
Josh Smith, Mayor Pro Tem
Mayor Pro Tem is responsible for performing all the duties of a Mayor when the Mayor is absent or recused.
Josh, his wife Heather, and son Levin moved to Ouray full-time in 2014 after being long-time visitors and part-time residents. Together they own and operate several small businesses in the city of Ouray. Josh has a degree from CU Boulder in environmental design and a background in the field of residential architecture and design; ranging from custom homes to small-scale neighborhoods and luxury developments. Josh and his family moved to Ouray for its natural beauty, unique character, amazing school system, and vibrant community. Josh looks forward to maintaining the qualities and character that make Ouray the special place it is as it grows and moves into the future for both its residents and visitors to enjoy.
Term: December 2021 - December 2025
Mayor Pro-Tem Term began in December 2021
K. John Wood, Council Member
John, his wife Marcy, and their three children moved to Ouray in 2014 and all the children have attended Ouray School since the move. He and his wife have owned and developed their commercial real estate business since 1999 and John built and owns K J Wood Distillers at 929 Main St., in Ouray, producing whiskey, gin, and vodka. John has a degree in Political Science and Geology. He has worked in Insurance, Marketing, Commercial Real Estate, IT, and also as a middle school teacher. John will have office hours at his work location (929 Main St) Monday-Thursday from 1 pm-4 pm.
Term: Dec 2019 - Dec 2023
Peggy Lindsey, Council Member
Peggy Lindsey was born and raised right here on the western slope of Colorado. She started working in Ouray at Cecilia's restaurant in 1987 where she met the locals and served the needs of the patrons. Peggy learned massage and bodywork in 1997 and started working at Healing Touch Therapies at the hot springs pool. After seven years of service to her clientele, she went to real estate school. John Lesnefsky Real Estate was her next employer which converted to her owning the company that is now called Ouray Real Estate Corporation.
Peggy feels like the City of Ouray is one of the most understated municipalities in Colorado. With all the four-wheel-drive roads, wildflowers, waterfalls, hot springs, good restaurants, shopping, and all-around friendly people, Ouray is one of the best places to live in the US. She feels it a privilege to serve the citizens of this unique town. She appreciates the opportunity to do so. Peggy has an office at 635 Main Street if anyone would like to express their feelings about the City of Ouray.
Term: December 2019 - December 2023