Littleton City Council to fill vacancy as Elrod steps down

City seeks candidates to fill term until November; Elrod moving to Europe

David Gilbert
dgilbert@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/9/21

Littleton City Council has a vacancy to fill, after at-large councilmember Karina Elrod stepped down effective May 9. Elrod, who was elected to a four-year term in 2017, is leaving the seven-member …

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Littleton City Council to fill vacancy as Elrod steps down

City seeks candidates to fill term until November; Elrod moving to Europe

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Littleton City Council has a vacancy to fill, after at-large councilmember Karina Elrod stepped down effective May 9.

Elrod, who was elected to a four-year term in 2017, is leaving the seven-member council as her family is planning to relocate to Europe, according to a news release.

That leaves city council with just 30 days to fill her seat for the remainder of her term, which runs through November 2021.

Littleton residents can apply to be appointed to take Elrod's place on council. Candidates must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years old, and a registered voter in Littleton for at least the prior 12 months before the election.

Because Elrod serves at-large, her replacement can come from any district in Littleton.

Citizens interested in the seat can send a letter of interest and resume to City Clerk Colleen Norton at cccn@littletongov.org, due no later than 5 p.m. on May 17. For more information, call Norton at 303-795-3780.

Interviews will be held beginning May 19, with a decision required by law no later than June 8.

In a statement, Elrod said she is proud of the “pivotal work that has been accomplished during my tenure,” including the ratification of the city's 2019 Comprehensive Plan and Transportation Master Plan, to the creation of the Arts and Culture Commission and Transportation Mobility Board.

"I am extremely grateful to our citizens, business community, fellow council members and city staff, having entrusted me in this role for the past 3 1/2 years," Elrod said in a statement. "Planting the seeds for a future Littleton is a responsibility we all have in this role. I can not only look back at what was accomplished but also look forward to what will come. A special thanks to my husband and kids for their support along the way and I look forward to a new adventure abroad as a family."

As a councilmember, Elrod represented Littleton on the board of the Denver Regional Council of Governments, the Arapahoe Transportation Forum and the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to her time on council, Elrod served Littleton as chair of the Planning Commission, a member of the LIFT urban renewal board, and volunteered as a curator at the Stanton Gallery at Town Hall Arts Center.

Elrod spearheaded the creation of the Arts and Culture Commission, which recently adopted its strategic plan, and led council to adopt “arts, culture and tourism” as a strategic goal.

“It is with both sadness and appreciation that we say a fond farewell to Karina and her family," said City Manager Mark Relph in a statement. "Karina has given so much of her time and talent to leave Littleton a better place and for that we are grateful. We wish Karina all the best on her family's new adventure.”

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