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McWhinney's "Magnificent Seven"
McWhinney counts on 7 council members who will reliably support most any request regardless of
how outrageous it is.  Many people have asked LovelandPolitics staff to identify the McWhinney
pawns on Loveland's City Council.  Below are the faces and names of the 7 Loveland public officials
responsible for the 25 year McWhinney tax deal and/or the subsiquent modifications that abdicate the
city's elected constitutional authority to McWhinney.  They serve as McWhinney's voices in city hall.
Loveland Mayor
Gene Pielin
An angry defender of McWhinney.  Works selling landscaping and shrubs to developers and never misses
a chance to impress a potential client with his city position or title.  A member of the 'Old Guard' he has a
long history of showing open contempt for the democratic process and speaking to residents in a
condesending manner.  Known to have secretly planned public meetings and issues regarding city business
with McWhinney in private encounters and correspondence.
Walt Skowron
Often asks tough questions but seldom
misses a chance to support
McWhinney's endless favor requests
with his vote.  Said to become "giddy
and excited" at the sight of Chad
McWhinney according to city staff
Walt Skowron
Often asks tough questions but seldom
misses a chance to support
McWhinney's endless favor requests
with his vote.  Said to become "giddy
and excited" at the sight of Chad
McWhinney according to city staff
Larry Heckel
Part of the council's "Old Gaurd" Heckel has
defended even McWhinney's most
controversial requests to the city.  A longtime
developer, Heckel makes no bones about his
intentions to support any development at any
cost to the community or adjacent property
owners.
David Clark
Another member of the "Old Guard" and
Mayor Pro Tem, Clark wants to run for
Mayor if Pielin resigns in November.  
Clark uses one criteria on deciding all
development issues - "does it pencil out
for the applicant or myself." Inhereted his
father's construction firm in the 70's and
works largely on projects for the city, his
church or his family.  He sees conflicts of
interest as business opportunities.
Carol Johnson

Couldn't get re-elected to Golden's City
Council and moved to Loveland to walk
into an uncontested council seat.  A
perpetual job applicant with McWhinney
she is notriously quiet in public forums
and loud in private sessions of the
council.  She once described herself as
Loveland's "poster child" for the
unemployed.  She refused to meet
constituents over the Staple Farm Issue
but speaks with McWhinney on a
regular basis on multiple city issues.
Daryl Klassen

Former Larimer County
Commissioner and originally an
inquisitive coucnilman.  Lost
credibility when always supporting
McWhinney and once stated,
"McWhinney is beyond reproach"
while attacking a colleague for
asking McWhinney questions
about a financial analysis they
presented council.

Met with McWhinney in secret to
discuss public business issue.
Glenn Rousey

Angrily defends himself against any question of
his motives on council.  While Rousey wasn't
funded by McWhinney like Pielin and the
other 'Old Guard' councilmen he hardly misses
the chance to line their pockets with more tax
dollars.  Best described as sincere and well
intentioned but over his head.

Met with McWhinney in secret to discuss
public city issue before meeting.