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Aurora begins search for mayor following Hogan’s death

Author: Kara Mason - May 22, 2018 - Updated: May 22, 2018

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Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan died May 13. (KUSA-9News, Denver)

The Aurora City Council has begun a search to fill the seat of Mayor Steve Hogan following his May 13 death after battling cancer.

Acting Mayor Pro Tem Marsha Berzins said at the council’s study session Monday night that she’s been honored to sit in Hogan’s seat. The former councilman and state legislator made being mayor look easy, she said.

The city clerk is accepting applications from potential mayoral candidates until May 29. The city charter dictates that a vacancy on council be filled by appointment until the term is complete.

Hogan’s term was to end in 2019.

After the application period ends, council members will vote to appoint a person to the mayoral position. Since Hogan’s diagnosis earlier this year, Berzins has been at the helm at meetings. But it’s unclear if she’ll throw in her application. Berzins was re-elected to her seat in Ward III just last year.

The city charter gives the council 45 days to fill the seat. If a current council member were to be appointed to mayor, then another 45-day window would open to appoint someone to that seat.

Hogan died just days after announcing he was entering home hospice care, writing on Facebook in his typically good-natured style that he never was a “believer in term limits.”

His services were held in Aurora this past Saturday.

Kara Mason

Kara Mason

Kara Mason covers southern Colorado, Aurora and statewide issues for ColoradoPolitics.com. She also writes for the Aurora Sentinel.