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Aurora Council will pick mayor Thursday

The Aurora City Council will elect a new mayor at a special meeting Thursday, Aug. 29, in council chambers at city hall.

Mayor and former councilor Gregory M. Taylor resigned the mayor’s post Aug. 19, citing personal concerns.

Canby Police arrested Taylor on a driving while intoxicated charge early Sunday morning (Aug. 18). The arresting officer noted alcohol on Taylor’s breath and slurred speech. Taylor was stopped about 1:16 a.m. Sunday on N. Fir Street and NW First Avenue.

The 57-year-old Taylor, a self-employed contractor, has lived in Aurora since 1970. He was appointed to city council in June 2008 and elected to a four-year term that November.

He was chosen council president in January 2011 and selected as mayor Sept. 13, 2012, to fill out the remainder of the term of James Meirow who had resigned. Voters then elected Taylor to a full two-year term, which expires in January 2015.

Under the city charter, Council President Bill Graupp will fill in until council members name Taylor’s successor.

The elected person will serve the remainder of Taylor’s term, which expires January 2015.

Selecting a councilor as mayor would create a council vacancy. Council would seek applications for that position.

Should Graupp be named mayor, council would also have to elect his successor as council president.




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