Mayor-elect Yemi Mobolade talks priorities as he readies to take the helm of Colorado’s second-largest city

Andrea Chalfin: Yemi Mobolade, mayor-elect, how are you feeling? Has it sunk in yet that you will be leading Colorado’s second-largest city?

Please don’t misunderstand me. However, I am still in disbelief, and the realization of the job is gradually becoming more apparent as I contemplate it further. Although I am skilled and capable, I am also fatigued. The understanding of the situation is deepening, Yemi Mobolade.

What is your topmost concern and where do you commence? We discussed several crucial matters that will influence the development of the city prior to the election: achievable housing expansion, law enforcement restructuring, all influenced by what you define as the significance of guidance, Chalfin.

So, to ensure that we are all working out of the same playbook, I want to make sure that I am representing the city and its 3,000 members. Not only do I want to communicate my culture and vision, but I also want to connect with the staff members and not just the directors to ensure that my top priorities are met. There are almost 3,000 people working within the city administration, and it is my number one priority to establish a good culture within the administration and ensure that we are all on the same page with our vision, both mine and the city’s: Mobolade.

Chalfin: The majority of City Council supported your opponent in the election. How are you planning to work with Council moving forward?

I’m looking forward to putting the mayor’s playbook into action in the office. I’m trying to unite 10 school districts to help work together and unite factions in the government. Even in my free time, I’m working with school districts to promote and preach the diverse faith traditions. Unity is what I’ve been promoting and preaching, and Unity is the name of the game. I’m up for the challenge. I welcome that challenge.

I’m already making strides towards ensuring that we, as residents, are working together. Today, I’m meeting with another member of the city council, who actually supports my opponent. I’m excited about the fact that he has tried to call me twice already. Both Randy Helms (President of the City Council) and I have expressed a strong desire to work together, and I have to say that we have a good starting place. So, that’s important. The other four didn’t endorse my opponent, but five of them did. So, yes.