BY DORIS B. TRUHLAR
Recently elected Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown, in a presentation to the Centennial City Council Feb. 4, praised his predecessor, Dave Walcher, for creating “an excellent agency.”
Centennial has a contract with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) to provide law enforcement services and has budgeted $29 million in 2019 for the service.
Brown told the council that the ACSO has 750 employees, and that only five employees have changed or left since the November 2018 election when Brown was elected.
The ACSO will continue with the various programs that were established by Walcher, Brown said. Total budget for the ACSO for 2019, including officers assigned to Centennial and the remainder of the force, is $104 million, he stated.
Centennial has hired Walcher as a consultant to make recommendations to the council regarding whether the city should establish its own law enforcement agency, rather than continuing to utilize the ACSO to provide its law enforcement services.
In other business, the council elected Councilwoman Carrie Penaloza, of District 2, to be the mayor pro tem. Councilwoman Kathy Turley, of District 1, in the western-most area of Centennial, withdrew her request to be elected mayor pro tem and the vote for Penaloza was unanimous.
In other business, two residents of Armenian heritage, Gohar Tovbis and Simon Maghakyan, urged the council to establish a “friendship city” or “sister city” relationship with an Armenian city. No decision was made.
Diane McClymonds, executive director of the TLC Meals on Wheels program, spoke to the council about her program and asked the city to consider opening a senior center in Centennial. She said the program will have to move, as it is operated in an elementary building, Ames Elementary School which will be rebuilt and used for students once again. She also said the TLC Meals on Wheels program also will need financial help with its moving expenses. No decision was made on McClymonds’ requests.
A closed-door session was conducted after the regular meeting related to the sale of city real property.
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