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Letter: City manager got it backward

In 1966, in an effort to depoliticize the selection of judges, Colorado passed a constitutional amendment changing the way district judges were selected. Now, when a vacancy occurs, a previously chosen, bipartisan, seven-person nominating commission meets, collects applications, interviews applicants, reviews recommendations and submits a short list of three candidates to the governor. The governor has 15 days to select one of the three.

That’s the way Aspen should select the city manager, the city attorney, the head of the Planning Department, the head of the Historic Preservation Commission and other controversial, key staff positions.

This could be implemented by a City Council ordinance or a Home Rule Charter amendment. It works great at the state level and has very successfully depoliticized the appointment of district judges.

Steve Goldenberg


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