Council tabs Andrew Amador for vacancy

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By Ben Wiebesiek

COMMERCE CITY — Council voted Jan. 28 to fill the vacancy of the Ward 1 seat, selecting a city native to replace former Mayor Pro Tem Dominick Moreno.
    Amador, an architect, also owns an Commerce City architectural firm, A4rchitecture.
    When the council votes were tallied, Amador collected six votes. Two council members selected fellow applicant Gene Leffel for the spot.
    “I decided to run for Council because I feel it is a great opportunity for me to ‘give back’ to my community,” Amador said.  “I grew up in Commerce City my entire life.”

    Amador left to pursue his degree, but he maintained strong ties with the city while he was gone.
    “I do have strong family roots within Commerce City including a twin brother,” Amador said.
    Amador will represent Ward I, which contains the older “core” neighborhoods in the southern part of Commerce City.
    As he joins council, Amador doesn’t have a set of policy objectives he wants implemented immediately.    
    “I don’t have an agenda to accomplish but rather want to help make sure the citizens of Commerce City have a voice representing them,” Amador said. “Dominic Moreno was a great advocate for the citizens and I plan to do the same.”
    The city recognized Moreno for his service during the Jan. 7 regular meeting of council, where he gave his official resignation. Moreno took his seat as the representative of Colorado House District 32 Jan. 9.
    Amador interim selection means that he will serve until city elections this year, but the architect has already drafted plans to move for a full term.
    “Yes, I plan to run for a permanent position on City Council in November of 2013,” he said.
    Mayor Sean Ford tapped councilman Rene Bullock to be the new mayor pro tem.
    According to the City Charter, Section 4.5(b), “In not less than ten (10) days or more than thirty (30) days after a vacancy in an elected office occurs, the remaining council members shall appoint an eligible person to fill such vacancy to serve to the next organization meeting of the city council.”
    City charter also stipulates Amador’s compensation: he receives a monthly compensation of approximately $843, a $5,000 life insurance policy and $5 annual recreation center membership.
    Amador’s company, A4rchitecture, is a small business that provides project management and architectural services to a variety of metro Denver development projects. Since 2008, he has served as an alternate member to the city’s Board of Adjustment. An alumna of the University of Colorado, Amador has a master’s of architecture and a bachelor’s in environmental design. He also is active in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the CU Letterman’s Club.

Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522, ext. 205, or email bwiebesiek@metrowestnewspapers.com.