Deadline for Aspen City Council applications is Feb. 17
Aspen CO Colorado
ASPEN – City officials on Tuesday set Feb. 17 as the deadline for applications from residents interested in temporarily filling the Aspen City Council seat soon to be vacated by Dwayne Romero.
Romero, president of Related Snowmass, is stepping down from elected office to head the state’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade. His last day as a councilman will be Feb. 28.
The interim council member will be selected by a majority vote of the remaining three councilmen – Derek Johnson, Steve Skadron and Torre – and Mayor Mick Ireland. The appointment must be made within the 30 days following Romero’s last day in office.
The seats held by Romero, Skadron and Ireland are up for re-election this May. Romero was not planning to run for re-election to the council, but was mulling a mayoral bid before he took the job with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office.
During a work session Tuesday, Ireland said there are pros and cons to filling the interim seat with someone who runs in the May election. He said the council doesn’t want to give someone an advantage in the race by placing him or her in the interim position; but that someone who wants to run for the seat may provide “meaningful service” in the interim slot.
Ireland jokingly put together a questionnaire during the work session that asks a potential interim council member, “Do you have any friends? If so, how many are you willing to lose?”
City officials said they would accept “letters of interest” from those interested in the interim position until Feb. 17.
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