City manager seeks
new leadership for Aurora Police Department
considerable amount of assessment of the state of the Aurora Police
Department and Chief Vanessa Wilson’s work in her two years as chief, and a
recognition that areas of the department need refocused attention, Aurora
City Manager Jim Twombly has made the decision to search for new leadership
“It is clear that
Chief Wilson has prioritized community involvement. However, the police
chief also needs to effectively manage the operations of the department,
effectively engage with staff, build morale, and validate employee
feedback. To provide the level of public safety that our community
deserves, a change in leadership must occur,” Twombly said.
As of April 6,
Division Chief Chris Juul will temporarily oversee operations at APD. The
city management team will work to name an interim chief in the near future.
Simultaneously, the city will begin a nationwide search for a permanent
chief. Under the Aurora City Charter, it is the city manager’s duty to
appoint a police chief with the approval of a majority of the City Council.
The change in
leadership will not have an impact on the city’s commitment to fulfill the
terms of the consent decree it entered with the Colorado Attorney General
in late 2021. The city had already begun implementing changes as part of
its ongoing ‘New Way’ plan launched in 2020. Community members can track
developments on the city’s ‘New Way’ progress page, which
is updated regularly.
Twombly and Mayor
Mike Coffman held a news conference April 6 to address the community, and
it can be viewed at YouTube.com/TheAuroraChannel.
Join the National
Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation
Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation runs April 1 through April 30.
With your support, Aurora can remain one of the top water-wise cities in
the country. Join Mayor Mike Coffman and Aurora City Council in the pledge
to save water. Together, we can all take small, daily actions to reduce
waste and promote the sustainability of one of our most precious resources:
water. It only takes a minute, and if our city receives the most pledges,
participants will be eligible for hundreds of prizes from the Wyland
Foundation, who sponsors the challenge, including water-saving devices,
home improvement gift cards and a $3,000 grand prize. Pledge to save at AuroraGov.org/Challenge.
forms available for addressing Aurora City Council
The Aurora City
Council welcomes public comment and has refined its process for speaking
before the council, beginning with its April 11 meeting.
during Public Invited to be Heard (on non-agenda items of city concern) is
up to one hour long at the beginning of the regular council meeting.
Speaker order is based on when the request to speak is received. Each
speaker is allotted a maximum of three minutes. The council will
accommodate as many speakers as time permits.
A new online
registration form is available at AuroraGov.org/PublicComment.
Individuals wishing to comment on non-agenda items may register to speak in
person or by calling the public comment line (dial 855.695.3475 and press
*3 to reach the operator). Speakers for agenda items may also register
early using the new form. Online registration begins at 8 a.m. on the
Friday before the next scheduled regular council meeting and ends at noon
on the day of the meeting.
take place in the Aurora Municipal Center’s Council Chamber, 15151 E.
Alameda Parkway, which opens at 6 p.m. on the day of the council meeting.
Enter the building through the east doors facing Chambers Road. Meetings
also may be viewed live on Aurora Comcast cable channels 8 and 880 or at AuroraTV.org.
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) - 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) - (Budget town meeting) Thursday, April 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Colorado
Early Colleges, 1400 S. Abilene St.
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
Gardner, Danielle Jurinsky, Angela Lawson and Dustin Zvonek) – (Budget town
meeting) Thursday, May 5, 6 to 8 p.m., Heather Gardens, 2888 S. Heather
City Council Regular
Monday, April 11,
This will be a
hybrid meeting, with attendance both in person and virtually. View online
at AuroraTV.org or on cable channels 8 and 880. Visit AuroraGov.org/CouncilMeetings for the agenda. For information on addressing
City Council during the meeting, go to AuroraGov.org/Public Comment.
Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Mayor Mike Live
Thursday, April 28,
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
This show has moved
to an hour-long format airing every last Thursday of the month, with
continued conversations led by Mayor Mike Coffman and Aurora City Council
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
Aurora Center for
Active Adults parking lot, 30 Del Mar Circle, at Del Mar Park
Aurora Fox:"Hurricane Diane"
Through April 10
The Aurora Fox
presents an Obie-winning comedy with a twist! Pulitzer Prize finalist
Madeleine George pens a hilarious evisceration of the blind eye we all turn
to climate change and the sloppily drunken catharsis that awaits us. Even
in our own suburban backyards.
Class of 2022, a project of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, is holding a
fundraiser to benefit Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA). This ticketed
event ($40) includes entertainment from comedic metalist magician Professor
Phelyx, drinks, food and opportunities to purchase art from Aurora Central
High School students.
April 16, 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.
intersection of East Hampden Avenue and Dawson Street (enter via South
Dawson Street and follow the signs)
Saturday, April 16,
stop by anytime between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
regarding proposed changes to make traveling for people more comfortable on
the 13th Avenue corridor at an open house. For language assistance
requests, email firstname.lastname@example.org by April 2. For those who cannot attend the
open house, materials will be posted for comment starting April 18 on the website.
Aurora West College
Preparatory Academy, 10100 E. 13th Ave.
The Aurora City
Council’s Red Tape Reduction Committee wants to hear from businesses,
community groups and others about their experiences working through
development planning, permitting, review and other processes.
The city is
developing a new park site next to Central Recreation Center and wants to
hear from residents about what amenities it should include. Whether it's
swings, a picnic shelter, a basketball court, restrooms or something else,
share your thoughts either in person or virtually.
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.
Enjoy guided nature
hikes, bird walks, planting in the native plant garden, special
presentations of live raptors by HawkQuest, nature crafts, an onsite
volunteer opportunity, and local earth-friendly organizations and vendors!
Learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities. Entrance to Aurora Reservoir
is free for those coming to the celebration.
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.
Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway
Spring Quilt Sale
Friday, May 13, 10
a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 14, 9
a.m. to 1 p.m.
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
Without a Home in
Open through May 29
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