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Aurora names finalists for city manager; nears mayoral pick

Author: Kara Mason - June 22, 2018 - Updated: June 22, 2018

Aurora’s City Council in session. (

It is a busy summer for Aurora as leaders there plan to fill vacancies for the mayor and city manager. Both positions have been interim throughout much of 2018.

City officials have announced four finalists for city manager, the top administrator in Aurora. George “Skip” Noe retired in November, launching a nationwide search for his replacement.

The four in the running are: former Louisville city manager Malcolm Flemming; Odis Jones, the current city manager for Hutto, Texas; Rio Rancho, New Mexico, city manager Keith Riesnberg; and Jim Twombly, a former city manager in Tulsa.

Whoever lands the job gets to help steer the city and its $800 million annual budget and 3,700 employees who serve 360,000 residents in a growing Aurora ripe with development. Jason Batchelor, Aurora deputy city manager and former finance director, has been at the helm since Noe’s retirement.

Noe served as city manager for seven years, some of which were rocky between him and the council. There were three alleged attempts at ousting him as city manager, according to the Sentinel. Former Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan ultimately praised Noe for leading the city out of the recession and after the Aurora theater shooting.

The search for city manager candidates —conducted by Affion Public — yielded 195 candidates, according to a news release from the city.  Each will be in Aurora in mid-July to meet residents and take questions from city council members.

Meanwhile, council members are slated to appoint a new mayor Monday to succeed Hogan, who died in May after announcing he had cancer earlier this spring.

Four candidates are in the running for that position: Former council members Renie Peterson and Debi Hunter Holen, current councilman Bob LeGare and Hogan’s son Timothy Hogan.

During interviews with council members, the finalists all said they wouldn’t run for the seat in 2019.


Kara Mason

Kara Mason

Kara Mason covers southern Colorado, Aurora and statewide issues for She also writes for the Aurora Sentinel.