by John Kiljan
Dear CLRC Members and Friends,
In a special January 3rd session, the Arvada City Council tackled the important job of naming a replacement for Council member Rachel Zenzinger for the next 22 months. Ms Zenzinger resigned her post shortly after being reelected for a second term — and after running unopposed in her district.
The field of applicants was narrowed to five people who have some pretty impressive credentials. Frankly speaking, looking at some of these people’s applications makes me feel as if I’ve just sat on my butt all my life and done nothing. Nevertheless, the applicants are largely unknown. Like me, the Council members said they knew many of the applicants by name, but they had not met most of them before.
There will be no public Council elections until November of 2015. The City’s Charter requires the remaining six sitting Council members to decide who will fill this vacancy. The way it’s set up, the public will not get a comment period again after the candidate interviews are held on the morning of Friday, January 10th. The Council doesn’t have much choice about that. Per the City Charter, the City Council is required to make an appointment by midnight Saturday. And that’s why the Arvada City Council is asking for public input now.
The Friday selection process is expected to be a somewhat odd mixture of a job interview, an advisory committee appointment, and a candidates’ election forum. The reason for this appears to be a strong desire on the part of the Council members to make the selection process as open as possible. As near as I can tell, this appointment is about as far from being pre-determined as you can get.
Here is a quick introduction to each candidate’s background. But if you plan to comment on a candidate, be sure to read all of that candidate’s application first. The City’s public input announcement says,
“The public is invited to comment on the finalists. Comments are due by Thursday, January 9, 12 noon, to the City Clerk’s Office, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at City Clerk’s Office, Arvada City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO 80001.”
Our neighborhood association, the Citizen’s for a Livable Ralston Community (CLRC), does not endorse candidates for public office, but it certainly encourages its individual members to do just that. If you have thoughts about the candidates or want to see them asked certain questions during their Council interview, please take the time to respond to this special Council invitation and mention that you have read the candidates’ applications when you do.
I’m not very good with computers, but if I’ve done this posting correctly there will be a working link to each of the candidates’ application for the opening. If it doesn’t work, just email me and I will forward my application copies onto you. They are in an Adobe PDF format. The candidates are listed alphabetically.
Dr Anderson is a local veterinarian who has been active in establishing the Rose Roots community gardens. She moved to Arvada in 2005 and has been active in various civic projects for horticulture, animal husbandry and primary education.
Is a member of the City’s Planning Commission and a 14-year resident of Arvada. He has an engineering degree and provides data support services for various governmental healthcare services. He’s also been active with the Lake Arbor homeowners’ association.
Ms Drulard is a 24-year resident of Arvada. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration and is a retired public employee, having worked for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She has also been active in various scouting organizations.
Mr Marks has been active with the Arvada Chamber of Commerce and AEDA, Arvada’s business development organization. He is a 53-year resident of Arvada and is employed in the environmental hazard mitigation industry.
Is a 20-year resident of Arvada who has an MBA degree and a background in accounting and finance. She is also involved in the Rose Roots community gardens. Until 2010 she has listed her work experience as a nutritional educator and has a history of business support for various civic organizations.
And, whether you comment or not, thanks to all of our readers who take the time and effort to be interested in and involved with their City government.
John Kiljan, CLRC Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004
January 5, 2014