Council taps Rodriguez to fill Northglenn vacancy

Posted 7/31/19

A 17-year Northglenn resident became the newest member of Northglenn’s City Council July 22. Councilors appointed Lauren Rodriguez as the city’s junior Ward 4 representative, putting an end to a …

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Council taps Rodriguez to fill Northglenn vacancy

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A 17-year Northglenn resident became the newest member of Northglenn’s City Council July 22.

Councilors appointed Lauren Rodriguez as the city’s junior Ward 4 representative, putting an end to a vacancy cascade that began when former Mayor Carol Dodge resigned in June.

Rodriguez, a former sales manager and California resident was sworn in at the July 22 meeting. She was one of 16 candidates candidates interviewed.

In her application, Rodriguez said she’s a problem solver who is good with people and eager to learn about Northglenn government. She’s lived in Northglenn since 2002 and raised her son in the city.

“I truly believe that I could learn a lot and become an asset for the City of Northglenn,” she wrote in her application. “My passin is th epeople and I feel that I can communicate well with other and help make the changes and adjustments needed for Northglenn to thrive.”

Dodge stepped down from her position June 5, citing a toxic environment but has declined to make a further comments since her resignation.

Councilors decided to elevate one of their own to mayor’s chair, unanimously choosing Ward 4’s Antonio Esquibel as the new mayor at the June 24 meeting. Northglenn councilors interviewed 16 Ward 4 residents July 15, looking to fill a vacant spot on their board.

Both Rodriguez and Mayor Esquibel will serve shorter terms. Councilors decided earlier this month that the new mayor through November 2019. Former Mayor Dodge 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 to his Ward 4 term in 2017, and that term expires this November as well.

The seats are two of the five 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.

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