Brighton hires new city attorney

Alicia Calderón to become permanent city attorney following a months-long recruitment process

Liam Adams
ladams@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/26/21

Brighton City Council unanimously approved a contract to hire Alicia Calderón as Brighton’s next city attorney. The city will pay Calderón an annual salary of $185,000 and she is scheduled to …

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Brighton hires new city attorney

Alicia Calderón to become permanent city attorney following a months-long recruitment process

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Brighton City Council unanimously approved a contract to hire Alicia Calderón as Brighton’s next city attorney.

The city will pay Calderón an annual salary of $185,000 and she is scheduled to start Aug. 23. Her hiring follows a months-long recruitment process that followed the sudden and unexpected resignation of former City Attorney Jack Bajorek in January.

At a Jan. 5 meeting, council unanimously voted to suspend Bajorek after an hourlong executive session. Two weeks later, Bajorek resigned. Though the former city attorney had disagreements with certain members of council, such as Mayor Pro Tem Matt Johnston, it was never clear what led council to reach a consensus in accepting Bajorek’s resignation.

In the interim, Lela McClelland has served as acting city attorney.

City staff conducted the search for a permanent city attorney, and city council appointed Councilors Adam Cushing and Mark Humbert to review all applications with city staff. Twenty-two people applied and four semi-finalists were chosen for interviews with the council in early June, according to the resolution that council approved with Calderón’s contract at a meeting on July 20.

Most recently, Calderón was the deputy city attorney for the city of Loveland, where she worked on civil litigation, water and power utility issues, and open records requests and election issues, according to a city press release.

Calderón has also worked for Boulder County, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the Denver Bar Association Volunteer Court Mediation Project and the Colorado Legal Services Farm Worker Division.

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