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Santa coming to Westminster

Westminster Firefighters are making arrangements to bring Santa Claus to visit the first week of December. For those who would like Santa to visit their house, now is the time to sign up. Registration is a lottery system and families are randomly chosen. Families will enjoy Santa’s arrival on a fire truck. Visits are scheduled geographically between 6-8 p.m., Dec. 1-6. Lottery requests for a Santa visit are only accepted online from 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, through 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15. When registering online, provide your full name, address and phone number. Register at www.cityofwestminster.us/santa. All complete requests will be entered in a drawing; notification of the lottery results will begin the week of Nov. 17. Questions may be emailed to santa@cityofwestminster.us or leave a message at 303-706-3031.

Westminster names Andrews to lead public works and utilities

The City of Westminster has hired Jody Andrews as its new director of public works and utilities. Andrews, formerly deputy city manager for Vancouver, British Columbia, will begin duties on Nov. 4. Andrews replaces Mike Smith, who retired in October after six years with Westminster and more than 35 years in public sector utility management. Andrews is a civil engineer with nearly 25 years of experience directing large public works projects and municipal organizations. During his years with Vancouver he served as assistant city engineer and as project manager for the construction of the Olympic Village for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Most recently Andrews served three years in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, leading the design and construction of a new capital city for 370,000 residents.

“Jody Andrews is a great collaborator, and he believes in the strength of teams working together to achieve strategic objectives,” said Westminster City Manager Brent McFall. “I am convinced that he will be a great fit in our organization.”

Councilors honored by CML

Federal Heights’ City Council Members Tanya Ishikawa and Pat Willett were honored at the 91st Colorado Municipal League, CML, Conference for completing the first level of CML University. CML offers credited courses throughout the year, with topics ranging from strategic planning to leadership development, increasing elected officials’ knowledge of municipal government and their capacity to lead. Three levels of training are recognized, and elected officials have six years to complete the training. Ishikawa represents Ward I and Willett represents Ward II.

Holiday craft bazaar scheduled

Community members can shop from over 75 unique artisans selling handmade crafts, jewelry, holiday ornaments and one-of-a-kind special gifts in all price ranges at the 26th annual Holiday Craft Bazaar. Admission is free and there is plenty of parking for the event 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 2 at The MAC, 3295 W. 72nd Ave. in Westminster. For more information, call 303-426-4310.

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