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Council Member Pierce Explains Vote to add known Oil Lobbyist to City Committee

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

To whom it may concern:

I recently read on the A.C.R.E. website about the appointment to the oil & gas committee. I would like to provide a few facts. I am a member of the City Council Planning, Economic, Development and Redevelopment (PEDR) policy committee, who made the appointment. I cannot let your comments about the appointment go by without responding.

The PEDR committee received several applications for the vacancy on the oil & gas committee. The vacancy was created because one of the members did not attend meetings. So the vacancy needed to be filled. All personal information was redacted from all of the applications. The PEDR committee had no idea who had applied. The application process for the oil & gas committee was widely distributed. I based my decision on who should the vacancy was based only on information contained in the applications.

Finally, to bring the Police Chief search into this subject is not appropriate. Another fact that may have gotten lost is that the City Manager is in charge of hiring a new Police Chief, not City Council. He went through all the steps: he hired the recruitment firm, he narrowed down the applicants, he did background checks on the applicants just to name a few of the steps. Yes, City Council provides input on the finalists. The decision is made by the City Manager.

I'm not going to respond to the comments about Ms. Page. She is perfectly capable of doing so, if she chooses.

I would ask that you please post this on A.C.R.E. website.

Please contact me if you have questions.

Sincerely,

Brad Pierce

Aurora City Council


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