Aurora fills out its council
City of Aurora announced that the Aurora City Council appointed Planning Commissioner John Berard to its panel during the Tuesday, Nov. 12, meeting.
Berard, who has lived in Aurora since 2014, was appointed to the council position vacated by Brian Asher when he became the city's mayor.
City Recorder Scott Jorgensen said that Berard is originally from New Jersey, and he has worked in public relations for various firms in New York, Connecticut, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. He currently consults business executives throughout the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.
"My approach to communications is rooted in the idea that products, services, ideas, companies, institutions and individuals earn endorsements on the strength of who they are, what they deliver and how they affect the way people work and live," Berard said.
Berard was a communications advisor to the San Francisco Food Bank and also served as a board member for that organization, as well as the Market Street Railway, a private support organization for the historic street cars in San Francisco.
Jorgensen noted that Berard once advised a crisis counseling service hotline in Washington D.C. Since moving to Aurora, Berard has been a volunteer and contributor to the Colony Museum and managed the Colony Days parade for three years.
"One essential aspect of my approach is this: It is important to be a participant in the communities of which you are a part," Berard said. "These and other local experiences have given me a sharp sense of the views held by my fellow Aurorans and an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities the city faces.
"I have a grasp of how the city's resources can be deployed against its many tasks and of the continued need for volunteers to help complete the rest," he added.
Berard's council appointment leaves a vacancy on the Aurora Planning Commission. Applicants are being sought to serve out his term, which expires in January 2021. Candidates must be registered voters who have lived within the Aurora city limits for no less than 6 months.
Commissioner duties include attending at least one meeting a month, voting on issues that come before the commission and adhering to the Aurora Municipal Code
Interested applicants can submit a letter of interest along with a resume to Aurora City Hall before 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16. They should also attend the Planning Commission meeting that is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 at city hall. The commission council will make its recommendation to the Aurora City Council, which will appoint a new commissioner at its Jan. 14 meeting.
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