After nearly six years on Northglenn City Council, Antonio Esquibel will step down on June 11. “I must now reconsider my priorities. A new chapter is opening up,” he said at an April 12 meeting. …
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After nearly six years on Northglenn City Council, Antonio Esquibel will step down on June 11.
“I must now reconsider my priorities. A new chapter is opening up,” he said at an April 12 meeting.
Esquibel explained that he and his wife are moving to Salt Lake City, Utah to be closer to family.
“I love this city and it hurts my heart to leave it. However, I know that it is in good hands and that it will continue to make progress and be the shining star that you leave it to be,” he said.
Many of Esquibel’s fellow councilors seemed surprised when he made the announcement during the time for council communications. Many said they understood his reasoning but will be sad to see him go.
“It makes me cry because you’re going to be missed,” said Mayor Meredith Leighty while tearing up. Almost everyone on council and City Manager Heather Geyer teared up during the Zoom meeting.
Mayor Pro Tem Jenny Willford, who represents Ward 4 alongside Esquibel, said, “I don’t think I can even begin to explain to you how much your friendship has meant to me over these years in just one quick moment … I’m so sad that you’re moving on.”
Esquibel was first elected to council in November 2015 and two years later, became mayor pro tem, according to the city’s website. Then, between June and November 2019, he served as mayor when the position became vacant. After, he returned to being a councilor.
“This is truly the honor of my life,” Esquibel said at the April 12
His impact on the community extends beyond Northglenn’s borders. Esquibel also worked as a prevention intervention counselor for Adams 12 Five Star Schools and was chair of the Adams County Democrats, he said.
Adams County Commissioner and Board Chairperson Eva Henry, who is from Thornton, said on Twitter that, “Antonio has been a greater councilmember and regional partner. I have considered him a friend and will miss him.”
To fill the forthcoming vacancy, councilors will appoint someone after interviewing applicants, said City Clerk Johanna Small. When Esquibel resigns, the council will have until July 11 to fill the position. City staff was scheduled to update the council and the public on the timeline around applications and interviews at an April 26 meeting.
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