In a review issued Feb. 1 by Deputy City Manager Nancy Freed, it was determined that “it was a mistake to grant verbal approval to Fair Share Jobs for occasional use” of the home, and that “internal procedures to validate zoning for requests by outside groups to use city facilities needs to be enhanced.”
“He’s staying, and we have a very fractured council,” said Councilwoman Barb Cleland, who was one of five councilwomen to push forward a surprise vote of no confidence for Noe at a January city council meeting that failed. That meeting was followed by three more closed-door meetings concerning Noe.
Go Tallit on the mountain that, of all the weeks of the calendar year, it would have been more than apropos to invite someone from a local temples to kick off council’s proceedings this week.
A slim majority of six city council members have consistently and staunchly backed Noe just as five had demanded he resign. Noe’s supporters include Bob Roth, Bob LeGare, Debi Hunter Holen, Brad Pierce, Bob Broom and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan.
One supervisor was demoted amid the controversy, and several ranking officers are embroiled in the scandal — which has been dubbed “Cigar-gate” inside the department
“I think it’s inappropriate for any non-incumbent to express any opinions about the city manager situation,” said Charlie Richardson, Aurora’s longtime former city attorney who is running for a Ward IV seat. “The city manager works directly for only 11 people. They’re really the only ones in my opinion (who) should be discussing the status of the city manager.”
“I think the city is going to continue to run just fine. He said “I don’t think it’s going to affect the operation of the city. The image of the city, that’s another story.”
Only time will tell whether Noe is a marginal manager that makes women lawmakers unhappy, or whether he can walk on parting waters inside city council chambers
We’d hope our Mayor Steve Hogan would take our newfound status and challenge Denver’s Mayor Michael Hancock to an arm-wrestling contest, a la “Over The Top.”
“I think that Skip has done a fantastic job,” LeGare said. “I have no issues whatsoever with Skip’s performance. The reality is Skip does not work for any individual council member. He works for all of city council. If Skip had done everything necessary to please the five opponents, he would probably have six council members wanting to remove him instead of five.”