Colfax is a "strong-mayor/council" type government. The city is led by a Mayor, full-time City Administrator and a seven member council. The council meets twice a month, on the first and third Mondays, at 7 p.m. The council chamber is located in City Hall at N. 400 Mill Street. The entrance is on the north side of the building in the city/county parking lot.

Mayor - G. Todd Vanek

Todd assumed the duties as Mayor of Colfax in January 2012 with over 20 years of leadership experience. His leadership experience began in the United States Navy where he led safety, security, training, and quality programs at three different commands. He also led a division of men in day-to-day operations aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CG-47). While in the Navy, Todd earned numerous individual, command, and campaign medals. 


Todd earned a BA in Psychology at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA while stationed there in the Navy.  He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Washington State University where he studied assessment and program evaluation. The systematic approach to collecting, analyzing, and using information for decision making can be beneficial to city personnel when trying to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of city operations.

“I have three objectives intertwined into one goal: Maintain a small town quality of life while controlling operational costs and increasing external revenue. Strong relationships between the city, organizations, businesses, and individual citizens will be important in maintaining the small town feel we love. It will also be important to control spending to lessen the burden on the taxpaying citizen. Increasing external revenue can provide an additional resource from which the city can manage growth and allow more flexibility to live the small town life. Please contact me with ideas on how we can make Colfax the best small town in the Pacific Northwest.”  -Todd


Council Position 1 - Blaine Golden

Blaine Golden and his wife Sara are from Eastern Washington and moved to Colfax in 2014.  Blaine operates the Student Veterans Center at Washington State University and is committed to helping military veterans find success in higher education.  He himself served in the Air Force for 10 years, flying aboard the E-3 AWACS as an Air Battle Manager.  After a decade of frequent military travels, settling down in a close-knit community is a dream come true for Blaine and Sara and they look forward to raising their three boys here in Colfax.

Council Position 2 - Crystn Guenthner

Crystn Guenthnerand her husband, Dustin, returned to their hometown of Colfax in 2016 after living in Lewiston for 6 years.  The loving patient mother of two rambunctious boys volunteered as a Le Leche League leader in Lewiston while she attended LCSC.  She went on to become a certified yoga instructor and teaches classes at the Colfax library.  Crystn currently works in downtown Colfax as manager of Sport Town.  She is proud to be able to serve the people of the town she was raised in by sitting on the city council

Council Position 3 - Crystal Christopherson

Crystal Hodge Christopherson was raised in Colfax, the daughter of Ken and Maxine Hodge.  She was active in sports and represented Colfax at the Whitman County Fair as Royalty her senior year.  She is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in Clothing and Textiles and Business.  She has been employed with several companies: Lamonts, Nordstroms, WSU, Advanced Hardware Architectures, Schweitzer Engineering and the University of Idaho.  She is currently a Real Estate Broker with Windemere Realty.  After raising her son Ryan, who graduated form Colfax in 2013, and caring for her parents, Crystal now has more time to give back to her community and is a volunteer with Meals on Wheels in addition to her City Council position.  She wants to see Colfax thrive...through business, city government and ensuring all those that live in Colfax feel a part of the community.  She believes special attention needs to be given to the elderly and those new to the area.

Council Position 4 - Mark Mackleit

Mark Mackleit is a lifelong resident of Colfax.  He graduated from Colfax School and began his career in HVAC.  Mark currently works for Nolan Heating and Air where he has been employed for more than 20 years.  He and his wife, Bobbi, have three wonderful children, Keagan, Averi and Bailey.  Mark has always considered Colfax home but says as he gets older its more; "A part of who I am."  Mark is passionate about our schools, parks, city and community.  As a council member he looks forward to supporting our community and continuing to watch it grow.

Council Position 5 - Al Vorderbrueggen

Al Vorderbrueggen and his wife, Shala, moved to Colfax in 1995 where they have enjoyed raising their three children.  Al currently works for the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Dept. as the Assistant Manager and enjoys serving on the Park Board for the City of Colfax.  With his wife teaching in the Colfax School District, they enjoy spending time supporting the local sports teams.  As a council member, he appreciates the opportunity to be part of team that helps guide the future of the City of Colfax.

Council Position 6 - Jim Kackman

Jim Kackman and his wife, Kris, are lifelong residents of Colfax and enjoy raising their son and daughter here.  Jim works for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe as public works director and general manager of their farming operation.  He enjoys serving on the City Council and learning more about the issues currently affecting the City.  As a council member, he appreciates the opportunity to be part of the decision making process.

Council Position 7 - Thomas Huntwork

Thomas Huntwork grew up in small communities in Central Washington.  In 1987 he married his wife, Donna, and together they are the proud parents of 6 children.  Tom has been happily employed at Decagon Devices in Pullman since moving to Colfax.  He has a love of sports of almost any kind and enjoys both playing and coaching.  He is active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  In September of 2008, he began serving on the Colfax City Council.

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City of Colfax · 400 N Mill Street · Colfax, Washington 99111 · Phone (509) 397-3861 · Fax (509) 397-3044 Non-Emergency Police: 509-397-4616