Thornton councils will spend several hours at their Jan. 21 meeting, interviewing 13 applicants to fill a vacancy in Ward 4. At their Jan. 7 meeting, the City Council discussed the process for …
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Thornton councils will spend several hours at their Jan. 21 meeting, interviewing 13 applicants to fill a vacancy in Ward 4.
At their Jan. 7 meeting, the City Council discussed the process for filling the chair left empty in December when newly-elected Mayor Jan Kulmann was sworn in. Councilors worked to settle on the questions they’ll ask the applicants during their interviews Jan. 21.
“Look, when we were campaigning we were asked these questions all the time,” Ward 1 Councilor Jacque Phillips said. “These guys didn’t have to campaign. So I think it’s really important that we ask them the same questions as if they are running for the office that we all had to run for and campaign. So let’s ask them the tough questions.”
City Clerk Kristen Rosenbaum said 15 Thornton residents sent in applications and resumes to be considered for the seat, but two were disqualified since they were not residents of Ward 4.
The remaining 13 are Angela Bedolla, Dr. Robert Bridge Jr., C. Jonathan Reynolds Denning, Michael Grauberger, Richard Green, Jeanette Hensley, Ann Hogan, Curtis Kowalski, Craig Luckey, Ronnie Maynes, Robert Moody III, Karen Bigelow and Nina Myers.
The new City Councilor will complete the final two years of Kulmann’s Ward 4 councilor term, which is set to end in 2021.
Councilors said they favored questions ranging from if the candidates know how much time the position requires — in addition to regular and study meetings with the other councilors, they are expected to represent the city on Thornton and regional committees — as well as questions concerning pending discussions and issues.
“What would you support regarding oil and gas regulation? What would you support transportation?” Phillips said. “When I think of Ward 4, I think those are two priority issues. Or we can add in growth. I think it’s really important for us to find out what they support. Let’s not mess around.”
Mayor Kullman said councilors should be prepared to work late on the 21st, after Assistant City Manager Robb Kolstad noted that councilors should plan on the interviews lasting at least 78 minutes if each candidate gets 30 seconds to answer each question.
“I just want to be sure we all know the expectations,” she said.
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