Forey re-elected as Morrison’s mayor

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By Deborah Swearingen

Unofficial results show incumbent Sean Forey will retain his position as mayor of Morrison.

Preliminary results also show incumbent Debora Jerome will maintain her spot on the town’s board of trustees. Jerome, a fourth-generation Morrisonite, will be joined by Paul Sutton, a Morrison “newbie,” and Earl Aukland, who has served on the board before.

Out of the 145 mayoral votes cast in the town’s April 3 municipal election, Forey received 91 or 63 percent of the vote. His seat was contested by Loren Oswalt and Gretchen Roberts. Oswalt received 31 votes in Tuesday’s election, while Roberts received 23.

Jerome secured her position with 106 votes, followed by Sutton, who had 94 votes. Aukland received 87 votes, and Kathleen Dichter had 52.

All elected candidates support a disconnection from the Red Rocks Ranch property, an issue of importance to the town lately. The proposal would bring a maximum of 1,350 dwelling units on 309 acres on the northeast corner of C-470 and Morrison Road. While the property is in the Morrison town limits, many support disconnecting the property from Morrison and annexing it into unincorporated Jefferson County.

Election results are considered unofficial, with the official result to be posted by April 13.

Ballot issues

Beginning in 2024, Morrison will hold its regular town election on the first Tuesday of November during even-numbered years. The ballot question was put to a vote in Tuesday’s election and approved with 98 votes. Thirty-four voted against moving the election.

Additionally, in an 88-44 vote, the town supported amending the town charter to standardize posting locations and times for notices of board meetings and adopted ordinances. Such notices will be posted at the post office, as well as in the Canyon Courier and on the town website.

Approved ordinances will become effective 15 days following adoption and publication, and Kara Winters, formerly called town administrator, will now be Morrison’s town manager and will work under the general supervision of the mayor and board of trustees.

Furthermore, voters approved changing all references to the male gender to refer to both the male and female genders.

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Follow her on Twitter @djswearingen.