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Woodland Park accepting applications to replace former mayor David Turley

Published: July 16, 2014, 11:45 am, by Matt Steiner

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Woodland Park City Councilman Gary Brovetto

By Wednesday, one person had already filed the necessary letter of interest in an attempt to fill the void left by David Turley who resigned his office as Woodland Park mayor on Monday.

According to Deputy City Clerk Suzanne Leclercq, city councilman Gary Brovetto turned in his letter and list of qualifications, guaranteeing that the council will have at least one applicant to interview on Aug. 7.

The city posted the announcement for applicants on Monday shortly after Turley announced his resignation. Turley was arrested May 23 on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust after accusations that the mayor assaulted a 17-year-old boy while in a hot tub.

Turley denied the accusations Monday.

“It is unfortunate that such serious, false allegations can serve to derail my dedication to this wonderful community,” he said in his statement. “I look forward to the time when both the City of Woodland Park and I are no longer burdened by these issues.”
Anyone wishing to join Brovetto as a mayoral applicant should send a letter of interest with their qualifications and specific motivations for wanting to become mayor by mail to Woodland Park City Council at PO Box 9007, Woodland Park, CO 80866-9007, by email to the Deputy City Clerk sleclercq@city-woodlandpark.org or by hand delivery to City Hall at 220 West South Ave. by noon on Aug. 1.
Leclercq said applicants would be interviewed and a new mayor appointed Aug. 7. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, residents of Woodland Park for at least a year and never convicted of a felony.
Brovetto made a late bid to run against Turley in the recent April regular election. Turley ran unopposed and was re-elected. Brovetto ran as a write-in candidate and, according to Leclercq,  received 27 write-in votes.
“No campaigning was done and a lot of people didn’t know he was running,” she said.
Leclercq said the city’s solicitation for candidates would also run on the Woodland Park Facebook page, in the July 23 edition of the Pikes Peak Courier and on the city’s cable television station (Channel 10) on Baja Broadband.