Nancy Rodgers, formerly Assistant City Attorney for Aurora, has taken on the role of Broomfield’s new City and District Attorney.
Broomfield City Council unanimously approved a contract with Rodgers that will begin on December 30th at its council meeting on Tuesday. Current city and county attorney Shaun Sullivan is retiring at the end of the month, so Pat Gilbert, assistant attorney for the city and county, will serve as interim attorney during the transition of the month.
Rogers receives an annual salary of nearly $ 205,000 and a monthly vehicle allowance of $ 500. She receives 80 hours of annual leave and standard benefits for the city and district.
Broomfield residents Cristen Logan and Elizabeth Moura attended the meeting to comment on the new attitude. Logan specifically thanked Mayor Pro Tem Guyleen Castriotta, Laurie Anderson, Deven Shaff and Jean Lim – the council members who voted for Mike Foote, the other finalists in the selection process. The November 10th vote was a tie, and Mayor Patrick Quinn broke his tie to offer Rodgers the job.
“It’s really difficult when you go through election cycle after election cycle and you have all these expectations, hopes and thoughts,” Logan said, “and you really feel like a single resident when you go somewhere with the people you voted for. “
Moura asked the council to vote “no” to the contract and said the town and county never advised residents of Rodger’s role as police legal advisor to the Aurora Police Department. This is “critical” information for residents, she said, and she and others were disappointed to find out for themselves.
“Most people know the chief’s involvement in racial injustices in Aurora,” said Moura, “and that’s what we will have as our city attorney.”
With Aurora the focus of state and national attention, particularly over the past two years regarding Elijah McClain and his death by Aurora cops, Ward 3 councilor Deven Shaff asked Rodgers what policies and operational changes she was helping implement .
Rodgers, who joined the city of Aurora in the summer of 2015, worked with several police chiefs on a number of changes, including revising violence policies, implementing a different animal and reporting system, revising disciplinary procedures, and stepping up complaints at all Levels. There have also been efforts to work on community engagement, she said, particularly with Chef Nick Metz.
“He’s started a citizen advisory team,” she said. “I worked with them and the city tour on this effort.”
Rodgers was asked specifically about her first actions after McClain’s death, and while she said she was limited to what she could discuss, she spoke broadly about responding to critical incidents.
She and others worked with city guides, lawyers, and the police chief to make sure investigators had what they needed, including handling press questions, requests for information, and related issues. The police chief turned to the family involved in an incident.
She will not play a role in this investigation, she said. It’s delegated to someone in the Aurora City Law Office.
Ward 4 alderman Laurie Anderson described oil and gas as “one of the core values of Broomfield from the point of view of protection,” and reported on the history of the town and county and negotiations with Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc., including overseeing an ongoing bankruptcy case outside of the state.
When asked about Anderson, Rodges said she was open to working with outside legal counsel to advise on oil and gas issues, including Foote, and community experts affected by wells.
“The way that health and safety is a top priority is the clear directive from the council,” Rodgers said. “Litigation can be very complex, and there will be a variety of different legal challenges to address for the next year or two and later.”
She is currently working with an outside legal advisor on her work with Aurora and is looking to assemble a team of experienced lawyers with specialty areas a community needs on a specific issue. Rodgers acknowledges that Foote has worked with Broomfield in the past and sees no problem in continuing that relationship and seeing how as a lawyer he can help achieve Broomfield’s ultimate goal.
Rodgers said she knew what was going on in the news regarding Aurora, and while she wasn’t trying to reduce it, she told the council that the city of Aurora has still “done a lot of good work” over the past five years “have police and advice. There’s more to history, she said.
Ward 2 Alderman Sharon Tessier thanked Sullivan for building relationships in Broomfield, for creating a “safe and nurturing space for the legal team,” and for opening new avenues with big business while he was ready to meet the outside world to get advice. He got Broomfield to where it is today, she said, and he has her greatest respect.
There are many non-oil and gas issues that Broomfield faces, Tessier said, and she appreciated Rodgers talking about finding creative solutions and finding a way to get the “right teams at the right time” Place ”. Rodgers also described himself as “not a no”.
Rodgers said her work philosophy is to help the council get what it wants and to alert members to the risk of certain legal action.
“I think lawyers are the land of the no sometimes,” Rodgers said. “I try very hard to be a yes – be prepared for the consequences (because) this can lead to litigation and negative reactions from the community if the employees are not satisfied,” but respects the advice of the council.
Tessier said for her that it was a “holistic decision”. If this position were for an oil and gas attorney, it would be “a very different conversation”. In a free society, people don’t have to share the same beliefs and opinions, she said, but it cannot be normalized when differences become threats and defamations of someone’s character. She compared it to what is “happening in the White House right now”.
Ward 1 alderman Elizabeth Law-Evans described every lawyer Broomfield hired and thought they were the right person for the job at the time. She believes Rodgers has shown that she can assemble and lead a team without necessarily having to be “an expert on every facet of every problem Broomfield might ever face.”
Law-Evans said she was excited to bring Rodgers to the team.
Broomfield did not host a public forum / talk during the lawyer hiring process, which it did a few years ago when the council hired Sullivan. Although several council members apologized for overlooking a public forum and advocated a more transparent engagement in the future on Tuesday night, Ward 4 councilor Kimberly Groom said when raising it as an option before the field was narrowed, it received no support from council members.
Shaff said they had a “chance to redeem themselves” if they hired a replacement for District Judge Randall Davis, who announced his resignation.