Castle Rock Town Council member Brett Ford tells Complete Colorado’s Sherrie Peif that if his attendance lags at regular council meetings — he’s shown up only 62 percent of the time since 2014 and has attended barely over a third of meetings this year — it’s because his day job gets in the way. Yet, he insists he does a good job serving his constituents:
“Although work obligations and flight schedules might require me to miss periodic Tuesday meetings, I am always available to staff, council members, and most importantly, residents …”
At least one fellow council member, George Teal, doesn’t buy it. What’s more, Teal asserts, even when Ford does show up, he adds little value to the proceedings:
“He had neither comments nor questions during the deliberations that set our $250 million plus budget,” Teal said. “When Brett is paying attention, his behavior is both divisive and offensive. He has already announced to council that he does not plan to run for re-election, so I have been patiently waiting for him to just resign his seat and allow council to appoint his seat.”
Which is why local political activist Wayne Harlos, a 25-year Castle Rock resident, has decided to run for the seat himself in the next election. Harlos, whom we profiled in a Q&A in August, helped organize a successful local citizens initiative to directly elect Castle Rock’s mayor and also happens to be chair of the Colorado Libertarian Party.
Harlos says he thinks Ford should resign — but isn’t holding his breath for that to happen:
“District 7 needs representation … And because he never shows up, I’m going to throw my hat in the ring.”