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David Coss

David Coss served as mayor of the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico from 2006 to 2014. He was elected to a four-year term in March 2006 after serving on the Santa Fe City Council from 2002-2006 representing the City's District 3. He was also elected to a second four-year term in March 2010.

David Coss
David Coss 2008.jpg
41st Mayor of Santa Fe
In office
2006 – March 10, 2014
Preceded by Larry Delgado
Succeeded by Javier Gonzales
Santa Fe City Council, District 3
In office
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Carol Rose
Children Celedina, Dylan and Molly
Residence Santa Fe

As a City Councilor, he co-sponsored Santa Fe's Living Wage Ordinance [1] and supported a subsequent minimum wage increase to $9.50 per hour. Coss also supported the Santa Fe Homes Program, an award-winning ordinance that requires 30 percent affordable housing in all new residential developments in Santa Fe. As mayor, he is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition,[2] a bi-partisan group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets." The Coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Prior to his election as mayor, Coss held jobs as director of the New Mexico Environmental Protection Division; environmental scientist for the New Mexico Environment Department; director of the Field Operations Division, State Land Office; director of Public Works, City of Santa Fe; and city manager of the City of Santa Fe.

Mayor Coss is a 1972 graduate of Santa Fe High School. He has a bachelor's degree in agriculture from New Mexico State University and a master's degree in zoology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

David Coss is a longtime union supporter and has served in the capacities of organizer, negotiator, and president of Communications Workers of America State Government Local.


  1. ^ City of Santa Fe, Living Wage, accessed 14 November 2015
  2. ^ "Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Coalition Members". Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Archived from the original on 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2009-08-03.