Northglenn City Councilors unanimously picked Antonio Esquibel June 24 as the new mayor, replacing Carol Dodge who resigned abruptly last month. Councilors voted 8-0 to elevate Esquibel, who served …
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Northglenn City Councilors unanimously picked Antonio Esquibel June 24 as the new mayor, replacing Carol Dodge who resigned abruptly last month.
Councilors voted 8-0 to elevate Esquibel, who served as Mayor Pro Tem and one of the two Ward 4 representatives on the City Council.
“This is the responsibility that I signed up for when I asked you vote me in as mayor pro tem,” Esquibel said. “Over the next 134 days, I’ll do my best. I will lead in a positive, proactive and respectful manner.”
Councilors decided earlier this month that the new mayor will serve a truncated term, through November 2019. Dodge, the former mayor, was elected in November 2017 to a four-year term, set to expire in 2021.
Councilors decided that instead, citizens will be able to run to fill the mayor’s job during November’s election, along with four City Council positions that are due to expire this year.
Esquibel was elected as one of the city’s Ward 4 councilors in 2015. An Army veteran, he served as a magistrate judge in New Mexico before moving to Northglenn. Here, he worked as a social worker in the Adams 12 school district until his retirement.
His new job creates another vacancy that councilors will have to deal with. The city will take citizen applications for Esquibel’s former Ward 4 seat until July 10 and are scheduled to appoint a replacement councilor at their July 15 meeting.
That seat is one of the four positions up for election on November’s ballot. Others are the Ward 1 seat currently held by Jordan Sauers, the Ward 2 seat held by Becky Brown and the Ward 3 seat held by Marci Whitman.
Dodge stepped down from her position June 5, citing a “toxic council environment.”
In her letter, Dodge said the decision to resign “.is one of the most difficult that I have ever made; I leave knowing I have lifelong friends in the community who will always support me and the work I’ve done.”
She said she would be available to complete unfinished business, but blamed the council’s mood for her decision.
“I am unable to work in the present toxic council environment and choose to be free of the constant negativity and stress,” she wrote.
She has declined to make further comments since her resignation.
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