COMMERCE CITY – Last night’s resignation of Commerce City Councilman Tony Johnson creates an At-Large vacancy on city council. In an emotional statement, Councilman Johnson thanked the community and his family for allowing him to serve the last eight years. The resignation is a result of the councilman’s recent move to a retirement community outside of the city limits.
“We want to thank Councilman Johnson for his years of service to the residents of Commerce City and wish him well on his future endeavors,” said Mayor Paul Natale. “Tony was the voice of reason for many council discussions over the years. During his tenure, we worked together to advance many priorities and policies that will help the city achieve its vision of a quality community for a lifetime.”
According to the City Charter, Section 4.5(b), “In not less than ten (10) days or more than thirty (30) days after a vacancy in an elected office occurs, the remaining council members shall appoint an eligible person to fill such vacancy to serve to the next organization meeting of the city council…” Residents interested in applying for the vacant seat must provide a letter of intent to the city clerk no later than 5 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011. City Council will hold interviews and announce its selection at a future meeting consistent with the timeline established in the charter.
Residents interested in applying for the vacant seat must meet the requirements as outline in the City Charter of Commerce City:
-Be a citizen of the United States;
-Be at least 18 years of age;
-Be a resident of Commerce City for 12 months immediately preceding the appointment;
-Be a registered a voter of the city; and
-Not be currently on probation or parole for a felony or an offense comparable to a felony in the military.
Letters of intent should include the applicant’s name, a statement of intent and a declaration that the applicant meets the requirements outlined above. Letters can be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011 through a variety of means, including hand delivery, U.S. Mail, email or fax to:
City Clerk Laura Bauer
City of Commerce City
7887 E. 60th Avenue
Commerce City, CO 80022
The selected appointee will serve until the next organization meeting of the City Council, which will be held following the November 1, 2011 general election. The appointee will receive monthly compensation of approximately $843.82, a $5,000 life insurance policy and $5 annual recreation center fee. More information can be found at www.c3gov.com/elections or by contacting the City Clerk’s office at 303-289-3611.