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This is an initiative to put to the November 2017 ballot a charter change question that would allow Castle Rock voters to elect the mayor starting with the November 2018.
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Colorado Municipalities with Elected-Mayor

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Colorado Municipalities who have an Elected Mayor

Colorado Municipalities who have an Elected Mayor

80 municipalities in the state elect their mayor. 21 do not.

Here are 15 who do…

ARVADA: Population 113,326 (2016)
The Arvada City Council is composed of seven directly elected citizens. The elected  Mayor represents the entire City of Arvada, presides over City Council Meetings, and performs official duties. There are two Councilmembers At-Large, who represent the entire City of Arvada and four District Councilmembers, each residing within and representing the citizens of their specific District. They are a Council/Manager form of government.

AURORA: Population 351,200 (2016)
The city of Aurora operates under a Council/Manager form of government where the city manager runs the city’s day-to-day operations with general guidance from the city council. The Aurora City Council is composed of a mayor and ten council members. Six members are elected from districts the other four are elected at large. The Mayor is elected by the entire city. Aurora’s mayor role is largely ceremonial, but the mayor does have a direct impact on policy issues as the head of the city council.

BRIGHTON: Population 36,765 (2014)
The city has a Council/Manager form of government. Under this form of government, the elected City Council sets the policies for the operation of government. The administrative responsibility of the city rests with the City Manager who is appointed by City Council. The Brighton City Council is made up of nine council members. The Mayor is elected at-large every four years. The city is divided into four wards. Each ward has two representatives on council. Their terms are for four years and they are staggered. In other words, every two years one ward representative from each ward is up for election.

CENTENNIAL: Population 107,201 (2014 Estimate)
The Centennial City Council consists of nine elected officials including the Mayor. While the Mayor is elected and represents the citizens at-large, the other eight members are composed of two representatives from each of the City’s four districts. They are a Council/Manager form of government.

FORT COLLINS:  Population 156,600 (2014 Estimate)
The Fort Collins City Council is composed of six district Council members who are elected on a non-partisan basis for a term of four years, and a Mayor is elected at-large for a two-year term. The Mayor Pro Tem is chosen from among the entire Council and serves a term of two years. They are a Council/Manager form of government.

GREENWOOD VILLAGE: Population 15,385 (2014 Estimate)
Eight Council members will be elected at the 2017 election- two from each Voting District, who will each serve a two-year term. The Mayor is elected at-large and serves a four-year term. A Council/Manager form of government.

GOLDEN: Population 20,200
There are seven members of the City Council. Four are elected from wards, two are elected from districts (each district is comprised of two wards–district one contains wards one and two– district two contains wards three and four), and the Mayor is elected at-large. Council sets the direction for the City and decides all policy matters. The Council appoints the municipal attorney, the municipal judge, and the city manager.

LAKEWOOD: Population 149,643 (2014 Estimate)
Lakewood has a Council/Manager form of government, as established in their Charter. Citizens elect a Council consisting of the Mayor, who is elected at-large, and 10 City Council members, two from each of the city’s five geographical wards. They set the policies for the operation of the City government.

LONGMONT: Population 90,237 (2014 Estimate) longmontcolorado.gov
The City of Longmont is governed by a seven-member Council. The mayor is elected to serve a two-year term and each Council member is elected to serve a four-year term. The Mayor and Council members are the leaders and policy makers in the community elected to represent various segments of the community and to concentrate on policy issues that are responsive to residents’ needs and wishes. They are a Council/Manager form of government.

LOVELAND: Population 71,334 (2013 Estimate)
The City of Loveland is a home-rule, Council/Manager form of government. The City Council is a nine-member policy-making board for the City of Loveland. The Council is led by the Mayor is elected by the community at-large for a two-year term. The Mayor has the same voting rights as all other council members and is responsible for presiding over council meetings. This position is recognized as the City government leader for all ceremonial purposes. The council elects, by majority vote, a Mayor Pro Tem to serve the same term as the Mayor. The Mayor Pro Tem is expected to perform responsibilities of the Mayor when he or she is absent or unable to perform their duties.

NORTHGLENN:  Population  38,596 (2014 Estimate)
Northglenn operates with a Council/Manager style of government. This means the city’s residents elect a governing body (known in Northglenn as City Council) that conducts the legislative functions of the city. The Mayor is elected at-large.

PARKER: Population 49,857 (2014 Estimate)
A Council/Administration form of government with six Town Council members and Mayor elected at-large and an appointed Town Administrator who oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization.

THORNTON:  Population 133,542 (2016)
Thornton is a home rule city operating under the Council/Manager form of government. The city council consists of the Mayor elected at large and eight Council members, two elected from each of the city’s four wards.

WESTMINSTER: Population 112,090 (2015/2016)
The City of Westminster is a home rule city that operates under the Council/Manager form of government. Under this form of government, the Westminster City Council serves as the legislative and governing body of the city. Six councilors and the Mayor are directly elected to serve at-large and on a nonpartisan basis.

WHEAT RIDGE:  Population 31,034 (2014 Estimate)
The City of Wheat Ridge functions within a Council/Manager form of government. Wheat Ridge City Council has eight members elected to represent the citizens of Wheat Ridge  and the Council appoints a City Manager to supervise the delivery of public services and implement public policy approved by the Council.  The Mayor is elected at large.