Immediate opening for job requiring amazing listening skills

Published on December 12, 2023

Must apply by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15

Are you looking for a job that requires lots and lots of listening and extensive collaboration with your colleagues? Do you love solving thorny, complex issues that really upset people? The pay isn’t amazing, in all honesty. But the tradeoff is you get the authority to determine a multimillion-dollar budget and to set important policy.

The other kicker is that you must apply no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15.

This position is for the vacant Ward 5 seat on Lakewood City Council, and the required application is a candidate petition that must be filed by Friday at the Lakewood City Clerk’s Office. Information about becoming a candidate is available at Lakewood.org/Candidates or by calling 303-987-7080.

There are many facets to serving as a Lakewood City Council member, but patience, hard work, listening skills and passion about local issues are among the most needed skills. A thick skin comes in handy, too. You must live in Lakewood’s Ward 5, which is easily determined by entering your address at Lakewood.org/MyNeighborhood.

Political party affiliations don’t matter because, as with all municipal elections in Colorado, this one is "nonpartisan," meaning candidates do not run for election on a designated party ticket.

Voters in Ward 5, which covers part of central Lakewood and all of the southern section of the city, will pick their new council member in a mail-ballot only special election on Jan. 30, 2024. This vacancy was created after the Nov. 7 City Council election when a Ward 5 council member was elected as mayor.

Ballots will begin to be mailed to Ward 5 voters on Jan. 8, and additional information for the Jan. 30 special election is available online.

 

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