Castle Rock Town Council appointed Paul Donahue as mayor for a second term. Donahue, District 1, was appointed at the April 10 council meeting, where Councilmember Joe Procopio, District 7, was appointed mayor pro tem through 2014.
Town council voted unanimously to rename Donahue to the post of mayor for a two-year term. Council also voted unanimously to select Procopio mayor pro tem for the next two years.
Donahue, who lives in and represents The Meadows, first was elected in 2008. He works as a financial adviser for Edward Jones in Castle Rock.
Procopio also was first elected in 2008. He lives in Founders Village and represents the eastern part of that area, along with Castlewood Ranch. He is a retired Navy officer, corporate executive and attorney who now spends much of his time substitute-teaching and coaching lacrosse.
The mayor presides over council meetings and casts one vote, like other councilmembers. The mayor pro tem fills the mayor’s role in his absence.
Town council historically named a mayor and mayor pro tem at its annual organizational meeting. Council will not have another organizational meeting until 2014 because of a 2010 voter-approved town charter change to four-year council terms.
That change means that elections, and the following council organizational meetings, will be limited to even-numbered years. As a result, the mayor and mayor pro tem will serve two-year terms.
The April 10 council meeting also marked the swearing-in ceremonies for first-year District 2 Councilmember Mark P. Heath and returning Councilmembers Donahue, Chip Wilson, District 4 and Clark Hammelman, District 6. All have four-year terms lasting through 2016.