A Castle Rock group on a mission to have the town mayor elected by an at-large vote of residents submitted petitions to the town for review last week.
On April 13, the town clerk certified for circulation three petitions related to mayoral elections. Petitioners in the group Castle Rock Citizens for Elected Mayor may begin gathering signatures, a task for which they have approximately 90 days to complete.
As of now, the town charter stipulates that the mayor is elected by a vote of the seven-member town council, in which public comment is not allowed.
Petitioners will need to collect 4,288 signatures from registered voters in Castle Rock by July 10 to forward any of the petitions to an election, according to a town news release.
For weeks, group members have visited town council meetings to express their desire for an elected mayor. In March, council officially discussed the idea and agreed to consult with constituents, educate them on the current process for selecting the town mayor and gauge public opinion.
Although the idea had gained more council support than in recent years, councilmembers remain split on the issue. Councilmembers George Teal and Jess Loban voiced support, while Jason Bower remained neutral. Mayor Jennifer Green and Mayor Pro Tem Renee Valentine opposed changing the current process.
Moving to an at-large mayor would require changing the town charter, which voters must approve.