Piko named Centennial’s mayor pro tem

Stephanie Piko

Stephanie Piko

By Peter Jones

District 4 Centennial City Councilwoman Stephanie Piko will serve as Centennial’s mayor pro tem for the next 12 months. The first-term city official was elected unanimously by her council colleagues on Feb. 4.

The mayor pro tem leads council meetings and otherwise fills in when the mayor is temporarily unavailable. The position also represents Centennial on the governing board of the south metro area’s Urban Drainage and Flood Control District.

Piko, 43, will receive a slight pay raise from $700 to $750 a month – $100 less than the stipend earned by Mayor Cathy Noon.

Piko was nominated as mayor pro tem by her District 4 colleague Ron Weidmann.

She is the first woman to hold the mayor pro tem position in several years, a fact that prompted quips from Noon, Centennial’s first woman mayor.

“A woman will be carrying my purse for the next year,” she joked, noting that previous mayors pro tem have been relegated to such duties at public events.

Piko was elected to the council in 2011 to represent Centennial’s eastern-most District 4. Before serving on council, she chaired the Centennial Open Space Advisory Board and was an alternate member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. She has lived in Centennial since its founding in 2001.

Piko is a computer technician for Cherry Creek Schools.

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