Thornton’s elected leaders boot one of their own, saying Councilwoman Jacque Phillips is no longer a resident

The city council in Thornton narrowly voted to remove one of their own on Wednesday, after a marathon meeting that went into the early morning hours and involved more than three hours of public comment.

The council voted 5-4 declaring that six-year Ward I Councilwoman Jacque Phillips did not meet the city’s residency requirements, after it was revealed last year that she had purchased a home in Alamosa and listed it as her primary residence on a loan document, according to Thornton spokesman Todd Barnes.

The removal took effect immediately and the council has 30 days to appoint a successor.

The issue, Barnes said, arose when the city council learned last fall that Phillips had taken a job as the executive director of the San Luis Valley BOCES in Alamosa, an educational enrichment organization that works with local school districts.

Phillips, who was represented by her own attorney at Tuesday night’s meeting, claims she still owns a house in Thornton and still runs a law practice in the city, Barnes said.

“I’m really sad for Ward One today. This is wrong,” Phillips told The Denver Post. “It was a political move with the only goal being to further entrench the majority on Thornton City Council.”

Phillips’ term was to have run until 2023.

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