Friday, June 10, 2022

Neighborhood News - June 2022


City of Aurora

Housing and Community Services

Community Engagement Coordinators


15151 E. Alameda Parkway, 4th Floor

Aurora, CO 80012 Phone: 303.739.7280






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Inside your latest Neighborhood News:


·    Community Input Opportunity for New Police Chief

·    City Aurora Youth Programs and Activities

·    High Line Canal Trail Project On-Demand Virtual Open House

·    Carnival on the Plaza

·    Summer Adoption Special


Community Input Opportunity for New Police Chief


The firm hired by the city of Aurora to conduct a national search for the city’s next police chief is launching a community survey today and will host a public forum Tuesday, June 14 to seek the community’s input. Residents, businesses and community partners are encouraged to help the city define the qualities, experience and values it will seek in the next chief.


Public Sector Search & Consulting, Inc. (PSSC) is a California-based consultancy that specializes in the recruitment of police executives. It will work with the city management team and Interim Chief Daniel J. Oates, who served as Aurora’s police chief from 2005 to 2014, in identifying exemplary police chief applicants who will be effective in building morale at the Aurora Police Department, maintaining transparency with the media and the community, furthering the city’s comprehensive, systemic public safety changes, and tackling crime concerns across the city.


“I want the right person for the job, someone who will simultaneously support our dedicated police officers and provide the level of public safety our community deserves,” City Manager Jim Twombly said. “We will be thoughtful and thorough in our search for a new chief, and the community’s input is a crucial first step.”


Under the city charter, the city manager is responsible for hiring a police chief and receiving approval from the majority of the city council. City management plans to name a new chief this fall.


PSSC has conducted more than 40 police executive searches in recent years in major U.S. cities like San Jose, Calif., Raleigh, N.C., and Albuquerque, N.M., but it also has recent experience working with the cities of Northglenn, Boulder, Thornton and Wheat Ridge in Colorado.



Community input meeting on police chief search


WHO: Public Sector Search & Consulting, Inc., Aurora city officials, community members

WHERE: Aurora Municipal Center, Council Chamber, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80112

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 14


American Sign Language and Spanish interpreters will be available at the meeting. Anyone who is unable to attend in-person but would like to offer comments during the meeting, a call-in line will be open at 5:45 p.m. until the end of the meeting. Please call 855.695.3475 and press *3 to reach the operator.


The meeting will be televised on



Community input survey on police chief search


WHERE: or call Access Aurora at 303-739-7000

WHEN: June 8 through the recruitment process


City of Aurora Youth Programs and Activities



Carnival on the Plaza


Carnival on the Plaza is back for a second year of summer fun

The city of Aurora is hosting the annual Carnival on the Plaza event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at Fletcher Plaza, 9800 E. Colfax Ave.


Carnival on the Plaza is a free event that brings the community together by offering a fun summer experience with activities for all ages. This year’s event will include carnival games such as ring toss and skee-ball, face painting, balloon twisting, custom caricature drawings and a sensory bus with activities for individuals of all abilities.


The second year of Carnival on the Plaza will also include a large inflatable slide, a three-lane bungee run obstacle course and giant darts. Attendees can even expect free ice cream and popsicles as well as a special visit from Miles the mascot at noon.


For more information on this event and others throughout the community, visit



High Line Canal Trail Project On-Demand Virtual Open House


The city of Aurora is in the final design phase of a project that will construct nearly two miles of multi-use trail to close the gap between Colfax Avenue and recent improvements constructed north of I-70. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2022 or early 2023. Trail completion is expected by late 2023. Project highlights include:


·    Nearly two miles of new multi-use trail

·    Continuous 8-foot wide concrete trail

·    Pedestrian bridge over I-70

·    Improved railroad crossing to promote pedestrian and cyclist safety

·    Access to 71-mile High Line Canal Trail network with connections to the existing trail on both ends of the project


To participate in the on-demand virtual open house, please visit


This on-demand open house provides information regarding trail design and anticipated construction. Visit the project page anytime between June 6 and June 19 to review materials and provide comment.


Summer Adoption Special


Enjoy summer with a new friend from the Aurora Animal Shelter! In celebration of summer, the shelter is doing an adoption special on all adult dogs and cats 6 months and older. Until July 4, all dog adoption fees have been reduced to $50 and cat adoption fees to $25. Stop by the shelter or view their available animals online.



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City of Aurora | Housing and Community Services | Community Engagement Coordinators 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Ste. 4500, Aurora, CO 80012 | 303.739.7280