There is now an empty seat in the Castle Pines City Council Chambers.
Council Member John Ewing's last meeting was June 25. The longtime Castle Pines resident, who represented Ward 3, has sold his home and is leaving because his wife was tired of her long commute to downtown Denver, he said earlier this year.
“You're a wonderful human being,” said Castle Pines Councilmember Kim Hoffman, during the meeting in which Ewing received a plaque of appreciation.
“Thank you for your dedicated service,” said Castle Pines Mayor Jeffrey Huff.
Ewing didn't quite make it to the end of his four-year term, which ends January 2014, but it wasn't his first attempt to serve the community.
Ewing, who moved to Castle Pines about 25 years ago when there were fewer than 400 homes, served on Castle Pines' Metropolitan District Board for more than 15 years. He brought to the council knowledge on how to streamline municipal services and strengthen the city's financial stability, according to information from the city's website.
His primary objective was “to align the goals of the city with the Castle Pines Metropolitan District, providing the most efficient and financially viable services to citizens.”
In addition to serving on the Metro District Board, Ewing served for 15 years on the Plum Creek Wastewater Authority Board, providing consulting for water and wastewater systems for public works and industry, and offered independent industrial environmental systems consulting.
Castle Pines City Council has 60 days to appoint a successor, so someone will need to be appointed by the Aug. 27 meeting, explained Diane Spomer, Castle Pines' deputy city clerk. The appointed person can then run, if he or she so desires, for the seat, which is up for election in this year's Nov. 5 election.
Anyone interested in being appointed to the vacancy can submit a letter of consideration to Spomer. Letters can be scanned and sent to her email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, email her or call 303-705-0226.