Northglenn councilors were scheduled to interview 16 Ward 4 residents July 15, looking to fill a vacant spot on their board. The city took applications from residents looking to fill the vacancy …
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Northglenn councilors were scheduled to interview 16 Ward 4 residents July 15, looking to fill a vacant spot on their board.
The city took applications from residents looking to fill the vacancy through July 10. The opening was left after the June resignation of Mayor Carol Dodge.
Now it's up to councilors to narrow that list down to a single person, City Manager Heather Geyer said.
“They'll have a matrix of questions, a set of questions they'll use with each interview,” Geyer said. “Then, they'll have a discussion based on those answers and will settle, eventually, on one person.”
Geyer said each applicant was scheduled to get 15 minutes to meet with councilors at the July 15 meeting.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. July 15 in the City Council Chambers,11701 Community Center Dr. Both the interviews and the council's July 22 deliberations will be open to the public and will be shown on the city's cable television access Channel 8.
Dodge stepped down from her position June 5, citing a toxic environment but has declined to make further comments since her resignation.
Councilors decided to elevate one of their own to mayor's chair, unanimously choosing Ward 4's Antonio Esquibel as the new mayor at the June 24 meeting. That started the clock ticking, Geyer said. According to the City Charter, councilors have until July 24 — a Wednesday — to fill that seat. Geyer said they hope to make the selection at their July 22 meeting, but can schedule a special meeting on the 23rd or 24th if necessary.
“We have a tentative item on the July 22 agenda, so we are planning to have this settled as soon as we can,” Geyer said.
Both the new councilor and Mayor Esquibel will serve shorter terms. Councilors decided earlier this month that the new mayor through November 2019. Former Mayor Dodge was elected in November 2017 to a four-year term, set to expire in 2021. Councilors decided that instead, citizens will be able to run to fill the mayor's job during November's election, along with four City Council positions that are due to expire this year.
Esquibel was elected to his Ward 4 term in 2017, and that term expires this November as well.
The seats are two of the five positions up for election on November's ballot. Others are the Ward 1 seat currently held by Jordan Sauers, the Ward 2 seat held by Becky Brown and the Ward 3 seat held by Marci Whitman.
Northglenn Ward 4 City Council applicants
City Councilors were scheduled to interview all 16 applicants during their July 15 study session meeting, selection a replacement councilor at the June 22 meeting.
Laura Van Marter
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