Daniel Dick

Daniel L. Dick (Term of Office 2015 - 2019)

Daniel Lowell Dick was born March 23, 1935 in Cottonwood County, Minnesota to Jacob Claus and Martha Eytzen Dick.  When Daniel was in the third grade, the family moved to northwest Washington to Whatcom County, about one-quarter mile from the Pacific Ocean beach resort, Birch Bay.  Daniel grew up with two sisters and two brothers, and graduated from Blaine High School.

Daniel graduated from Fresno Pacific University and spent two and one-half years in the seminary.  For more than 10 years he was involved in the sale of real estate, life insurance and investments.  He also owned a landscaping and lawn sprinkler business.  After the implementation of the Clean Water Act, he owned a backflow testing and repair company, a software company and a school which focused on backflow testers’ licensing and continuing education, water utilities and city plumbing departments.  He was the first vice president of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Backflow Prevention Association and was elected president of that organization three times.

Daniel married Dorcas White in Connecticut in 2004.  After retirement, Daniel and Dorcas traveled in their RV for four years, taking trips from Texas to New England, Alaska, Colorado and many other states, as well as provinces in western Canada.  Daniel and Dorcas moved to Federal Heights from Texas in 2011.

In 2013, Daniel was appointed to the Federal Heights Business Improvement Grant board and to the Board of Adjustment.  He was elected to City Council later that year.  In 2015, Dick ran for Mayor, beating three opponents with 409 of the 1,177 votes cast.

During Daniel’s four-year term as Mayor, City Council adopted over 60 ordinances regarding marijuana, wireless communication facilities, zoning, storm water, sign regulations, criminal code, fences,  manufactured home parks and many others.  In 2016, City Council sent a successful ballot question to the voters to approve regulated recreational marijuana dispensaries, approved a Minor Home Repair Program, voted to join the Front Range Communications Consortium to improve public safety radio communications, placed a 20-year age limit on manufactured homes being moved into the City and approved a graffiti removal program.  In 2017, he survived a recall election which was based on his support of the City’s Rental Housing Inspection Program.

In 2018, City Council approved a stand-alone 911 Emergency Communications Center and a legal services program to provide free legal aid to low-income households.  In 2019, City Council approved joining the Metro Mortgage Assistance Program to help low- and moderate-income persons with mortgage down payments, approved the sale of City land for a Mike Shaw Subaru service center, saw the 92nd Avenue and Federal Boulevard intersection upgraded with installation of underground utility lines and drainage improvements, approved upgrades to the public safety radio tower in to improve police communication abilities, established a youth council and historical commission, approved a school resource officer for Pinnacle Charter School, began neighborhood watch meetings and reinstated free large-item pick-up trash day.

During his four-year term, Daniel was active in the Colorado Municipal League, Denver Regional Council of Governments, North Area Transportation Alliance, Airport Coordinating Committee, North Metro Community Diversion Board, Metro Mayors’ Caucus, Adams County Mayors’ group, Adams County Government Executive Committee, RTD North Metro and served as chairman of the City's Volunteer Firefighter Pension Board.

Mayor Dick said that he thinks his greatest accomplishment as Mayor was his personal involvement with the Right On Mobile Education Bus which provides an early learning opportunity for underprivileged preschool children.  The preschool is registered with the state and its teachers are licensed.  The mobile learning bus made its debut in Federal Heights in 2018 in Denver Cascade Mobile Home Park.

Mayor Dick did not run for re-election in 2019.  Daniel and Dorcas have five children, three grandsons and two great-grandsons.  Daniel and Dorcas are enjoying retirement in Canon City, Colorado.