David Coss, was born in Carbondale, Illinois, and moved to Santa Fe in 1959. He was elected mayor of Santa Fe in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Presiding over the oldest capital city in the U.S., known internationally for its unique historic, cultural, artistic, and creative heritage, is a full-time job which Coss does not take lightly. Prior to his mayoral terms, he was elected to the City Council in 2002 representing District 3.
Mayor Coss's priorities are creating jobs, strengthening the local economy, and continuing programs and funding that will improve Santa Fe's physical environment--parks, trails, and the Santa Fe River--to enhance everyone's quality of life. He envisions Santa Fe becoming the sustainability and alternative-energy capital of the country. Mayor Coss considers supporting local businesses, enforcing the Santa Fe Living Wage Ordinance, and maintaining affordable housing programs integral to strengthening Santa Fe’s economy and supporting local working families.
Education and Experience
Mayor Coss holds a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University and a master’s degree in Zoology from Southern Illinois University. After completing his master’s degree, Mayor Coss worked as a surface water scientist for the state of New Mexico. During this time, he became active in his union and worked to create the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and became Director of the Environmental Protection Division within NMED.
In 1995, Mayor Coss became Santa Fe's Public Works director, where he was instrumental in creating the Santa Fe River Masterplan and worked on the river restoration between St. Francis Drive and Camino Alire.
As City Councilor, Mayor Coss co-sponsored Santa Fe’s Living Wage Ordinance, a landmark law which has drawn national and international recognition. He also co-sponsored the Neighborhood Bill of Rights, which empowers local residents to maintain the integrity of their neighborhoods; and Santa Fe Homes, requiring all new developments built within the city to include 30% affordable housing.
State of the City Speeches[Most Recent] [Archived Speeches]
- Santa Fe University of Art and Design
- Mayor's Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth
- Youthworks Helps Restore the River
- Mayor TV video
- Transparency in Government