After vote, Westminster seeks two councilors

With Nov. 6 wins, Emma Pinter and Shannon Bird exit city roles

Posted 11/15/18

With Nov. 6 election results, Westminster City Councilors will need to find candidates to fill two soon-to-be vacant seats on their board. The seats for City Councilor Shannon Bird and Emma Pinter …

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After vote, Westminster seeks two councilors

With Nov. 6 wins, Emma Pinter and Shannon Bird exit city roles

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With Nov. 6 election results, Westminster City Councilors will need to find candidates to fill two soon-to-be vacant seats on their board.

The seats for City Councilor Shannon Bird and Emma Pinter will be vacant in January when they each take on their new elected roles.

Bird was elected to be the new Colorado State Representative to House District 35 and she should be sworn in Jan. 4.

Pinter was elected to be the new District 3 Adams County Commissioner and she’s scheduled to be sworn in Jan. 8.

City Clerk Michelle Parker said the two can continue to serve their Westminster constituents until they take their new oaths of office, but their seats become vacant as soon as they begin their new roles.

“Unless they decide to resign earlier, January is when we’ll begin looking,” Parker said.

The City Council will have 30 days to select new to councilors. Candidates must have been Westminster residents for a year at least, must pass a background check, not owe debts to the city or other Colorado jurisdictions and not belong to other elected bodies or sit on city advisory committees.

Councilors will interview the candidates, probably sometime in January, and select their new colleagues.

“But this is all very tentative, making a lot of assumptions based on what those councilors decide to do,” Parker said.

The councilors will serve the rest of Bird and Pinter’s terms. Westminster councilors are elected to four-year terms in the odd-numbered years and the terms are staggered, with elections every two years.

Bird’s seat will be up for election in Nov. 2019 and Pinter’s in Nov. 2021.

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