At their regular meeting on Nov. 12, the Wellington Board of Trustees invited applicants for former trustee Ernest Cienfuegos-Baca’s vacant position to speak to board members and the audience present. Four residents expressed interest.
The first applicant to speak was David Noe, a Larimer County sheriff’s deputy who served as a trustee on the board for 11 years in the past.
Matt Michael, a local Realtor and eight-and-half-year resident of Wellington, expressed an interest in creating a more cohesive feeling in town and thought perhaps a town police department would be a way to contribute to that. He spoke in favor of positive growth and cooperation between schools, the police, park system and neighborhoods to create a vibrant community. He is a member of the housing authority and would like to see Wellington grow.
Travis Harless, a six-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, owns an information technology business and has been a Wellington resident for more than eight years. He is committed to a community that works together for the betterment of all.
John Grabowski, who is in sales, has been in Wellington for more than two years and is committed to the welfare of the community. He said his skills and experience would allow him to make a positive contribution to the board.
A secret ballot vote by the six trustees resulted in a tie between David Noe and Travis Harless, so Mayor Travis Vieira suggested the board postpone a final vote until the next trustees meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Whoever is chosen by the board will serve until the town election next spring.