Former longtime Aurora police chief to lead
department on interim basis pending national search for new
Daniel J. Oates, who led the Aurora Police
Department from 2005 to 2014 and who has become a trusted voice
on police reform efforts across the country in recent years, will
serve as Interim Chief of Police and will help in selecting a
permanent chief by the end of this year.
“I selected Dan for
this important role because he has established trust
with our community and many of our officers, and I believe he
will effectively manage the department and further the enduring
transformation in public safety our community expects under our
‘New Way’ plan,” said Aurora City Manager Jim Twombly. “Dan
brings focus to crime reduction, community engagement and internal
leadership that will serve our community well during this
transition. He will also provide critical guidance as we begin to
seek community input in selecting a permanent chief.”
A robust community engagement process will be
included in every step of the recruitment and hiring process. The
community's trust, support and collaboration is essential to the
long-term success of this position, so this will be critical.
Please watch for opportunities to be involved as the city moves
Oates is scheduled to have a minor medical
procedure at the end of April and will arrive in Aurora by May 23
after a brief recovery period. He will begin having conversations
with key community leaders and key APD staff members remotely in
New park site at Central Recreation Center input
Share your input and learn more about the new park
site next to Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place, in
person from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, virtually on Facebook
@AuroraPROS, or by
taking a survey starting on April 21 at EngageAurora.org/CentralPark.
Does your home need repairs or a new paint job?
The city of Aurora is accepting applications from
income-qualified homeowners needing assistance in making
necessary health and safety repairs to their homes. All programs
are first-come, first-served until the funding is depleted.
The city’s housing rehabilitation programs include
the Emergency Repair Program, which provides grants and/or
loans to address urgent home system problems that are an
immediate threat to the health and safety of the occupants, such
as malfunctioning furnaces or water heaters and broken sewer and
water main lines. Additional loans are available to correct
conditions that pose a hazardous situation for the occupant’s
health, safety or well-being. To apply, visit AuroraGov.org/HousingRehabilitationPrograms.
Contact Paulette with questions at 303.739.7912 or email@example.com.
Redevelopment, a contractor with the city, manages the
following housing rehabilitation programs. To learn more about
these programs—including qualifications—and apply, visit
BrothersRedevelopment.org. Contact Cinthia with questions at
303.685.4225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Repair Program: Addresses repairs related to accessibility,
electrical, plumbing, roofing, and HVAC.
Program: Provides exterior home painting for active adults
(60 years or older) with disabilities at no cost.
Enjoy guided nature hikes, bird walks, planting in
the native plant garden, nature crafts, and local earth-friendly
organizations and vendors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April
23, at Aurora Reservoir, 5800 S. Powhaton Road.
In addition, learn about the upcoming volunteer
opportunities and ways to get involved in the city's parks and
open space system. Entrance to the reservoir is free for those
coming to the celebration. Visit the event webpage to find
Council members are eager to hear from residents and
committed to forums in which those conversations can occur.
Please visit AuroraGov.org/Council to
confirm meeting dates and location information, and to find links
for joining virtual meetings. If you don't know your council
ward, go to AuroraGov.org and click
on "Property Info."
Ward I (Crystal Murillo) - (Budget town meeting)
Thursday, April 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Moorhead Recreation Center,
2390 Havana St.
Ward II (Steve Sundberg) - Thursday, May 19, 6:30 to
8 p.m., Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place
Ward III (Ruben Medina) - (Budget town meeting)
Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Aurora Center for Active
Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle
Ward IV (Juan Marcano) - Thursday, May 12, 6:30 to 8
p.m., Elevation Christian Church, Millie's Cafe, 15600 E.
Ward V (Alison Coombs) - Tuesday, April 19, 6 to
7:30 p.m., Heather Gardens, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way
Ward VI (Françoise Bergan) - Wednesday, May 18, 6 to
8 p.m., Tallyn's Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road
At-Large (Curtis Gardner, Danielle Jurinsky, Angela
Lawson and Dustin Zvonek) – (Budget town meeting) Thursday, May
5, 6 to 8 p.m., Heather Gardens, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way
Free testing for COVID-19 is provided to anyone who
wants to be tested, especially those who have symptoms. No
appointment is necessary. No doctor referral, no health
insurance, and no proof of identification are required. Online registration in
advance is preferred but is not required.
Aurora Center for Active Adults parking lot, 30 Del
Mar Circle, at Del Mar Park
RTD Systemwide Fare Study and Equity Analysis
Tell RTD what you think about its fares and how they
can be improved, and how you use RTD transit services. Share your
opinion at a virtual public meeting or via an online survey.
Online survey in English or Spanish (open until May
1): RTD-Denver.com/FareStudy (email email@example.com by April
22 for survey language assistance in another language)
Antique Appraisal Fair
Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Have fun while having your antiques and collectibles
evaluated by local appraisers. The Aurora Museum Foundation
collects all funds raised to directly benefit the programs and
exhibits of the Aurora History Museum.
Join the Aurora History Museum & Historic Sites
for an in-person exploration of Aurora's economic prosperity and
suburban expansion during the Cold War. The exhibit includes
local stories experienced by Aurora residents during the Cold War
to enrich the understanding of the period. Learn more at Aurora History Museum.Free
admission. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday.
Aurora History Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora Fox:"Freaky Friday the Musical!"
April 29 through May 22
The Aurora Fox presents a contemporary musical
retelling of the classic Disney film “Freaky Friday.” When an
overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies,
they have just one whacky day to put things right again before
mom’s big wedding. With a score by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom
Kitt, Disney’s “Freaky Friday the Musical!” is a delightful
magical adventure for the entire perfectly imperfect family.
Beautiful, handmade quilts are made by the talented
members of the Aurora Center for Active Adults Quilt Bee
Volunteers. Proceeds benefit special projects at the Aurora
Center for Active Adults. Special orders are accepted.
Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle
Chalk Lines and Vines
Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arapahoe County's Chalk Lines and Vines event is
back for its second year. Sample wines from over 15 Colorado
wineries, watch chalk artists bring their masterpieces to life,
enjoy live music and entertainment, and more.
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds Event Center on the
Central Green (outdoors), 25690 E. Quincy Ave.
May 14, June 11, July 16 and Aug. 13, 8 a.m. to noon
(while supplies last)
The city is offering free mulch on select Saturdays
as a service to residents working to sustain a healthy landscape
in Colorado's arid climate. Bring a pick-up truck or open trailer
to have us load it full of mulch, or bring your own shovels and
containers to serve yourself.
Near the intersection of East Hampden Avenue and
Dawson Street (enter via South Dawson Street and follow the
Housing insecurity is a key issue facing Aurora, and
to build a wider understanding of people who are often
overlooked, misunderstood or unheard, staff at the Aurora History
Museum engaged in an oral history project on the streets of the
city. Learn more at Aurora History Museum. Free
admission. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday.