Littleton has a new mayor.
The City Council voted 7-0 to make Councilman Phil Cernanec the new mayor Nov. 19. Cernanec, from District 3, has served on the council since 2009 and ran unopposed in his bid for re-election this month.
“Well, I was aware of (being nominated) ahead of time. It wasn’t one of those things where the nomination was a surprise. But I’m humbled by a 7-0 vote,” Cernanec said. “I’m really excited about this council. We have a group with great character, a lot of energy and an immeasurable love for the city of Littleton. I’m looking forward to serving this council and serving this city.”
Littleton’s mayor is elected by the council and serves as that body’s president for a two-year term. Councilman Bruce Beckman was elected mayor pro tem.
The mayor serves as the public face for the city, a role for which Cernanec praised outgoing Mayor Debbie Brinkman.
“My thanks to Deb Brinkman for putting a foundation out there. She’s been willing to blaze a little bit to that trail, and without those things she’s done, it would be a little bit harder going forward,” Cernanec said. “Our goal is a positive transition where we’re going to build on the positive and enhance those things people find good in the city.”
Brinkman is in the middle of her four-year term representing District 4.
Cernanec said he wants this City Council to continue the work of the previous councils, especially in bringing more businesses into unoccupied retail space throughout Littleton.
“Together with staff, my aspirational view is that everyone of our commercial and storefront spaces have vital businesses,” Cernanec said.
Part of that effort will be increasing the council’s outreach to the community. While most council members have full-time jobs, Cernanec said he wanted a more concentrated outreach effort.
“I’d like to add a somewhat richer outreach and engagement with the residents and business citizens. My hope is to get more of the council more involved,” Cernanec said. “That’s not to say it hasn’t been there, but I’d like to see us do that more and look to the city staff to do that as well.”
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