Move forces New Castle mayor to resign
New Castle will need to find a new mayor following the resignation of Bob Gordon Tuesday night due to an impending relocation to Battlement Mesa.
Gordon said Wednesday that he recently sold his home in New Castle and was planning to build a new one. That was before discovering what he called a “perfect” retirement home in Battlement Mesa.
“It was just a good choice and that’s just the way sometimes it happens,” he said.
The move outside the town means Gordon, who took over as mayor in 2014 when the municipal election was canceled because of a lack of candidates, must vacate his position.
Tuesday was his last meeting as mayor. Mayor Pro-Tem Bruce Leland is serving as acting mayor, said Tom Baker, town administrator.
Town Council will have several options for filling the vacancy, according to a memo from the town’s attorney. It could appoint either a current member of council or a member of the public to the position. In both scenarios, the appointee would have to run for election in the general election in November. He or she would serve a term through April 2018.
If council appoints a current member to the mayor position on or before June 7, it would have to appoint somebody to fill the vacant council position for the remainder of the term.
Regardless, council will have 60 days to make the decision. Baker said council will discuss the issue at its first meeting in May.
Gordon’s resignation is just the most recent shake-up on the council. Earlier this month, voters elected newcomers Grady Hazelton and Graham Riddile, along with incumbent Mary Metzger. Councilors Merle Means and Patrick Stuckey fell short in their re-election bids.
Gordon would not offer a suggestion for his replacement, but said he has faith in the newly configured council.
“They’ve got a real good council and they will get that figured out … We have two really good young members coming on and it’s going to be fine,” he said.
Gordon told the Post Independent in 2012 that he had lived in the New Castle area off and on for more than 40 years, most of which he spent in public service. He listed a tenure on the New Castle Town Council from 1998 to 2010 and his cofounding of Boy Scout Troop 221 among the fields of public service.
He resigned on the board in 2010 citing work pressures and an inability to dedicate the time needed to properly serve on the board.
In total, Gordon said on Wednesday he served on council in some capacity for 17 years.