Colorado Springs Vice Mayor Larry Small has notified the city attorney and other members of the City Council that he will no longer support closed sessions about the city’s dealings with the U.S. Olympic Committee.
He told City Attorney Patricia Kelly that he appreciates her concern about discussing the current litigation in private.
“But I also appreciate the public uproar over this whole affair,” Small wrote in an e-mail to the council and Kelly. “If you have matters that need to be discussed concerning the suit, then be sure you separate those matters from the general discussion and make it clear that they are solely related to the suit.
“From my point of view as an elected official, enough is enough,” he said.
Council members Darryl Glenn and Tom Gallagher have often opposed closed sessions. Newly elected council member Bernie Herpin has said that he will not support closed meetings unless absolutely necessary.
Small’s decision to no longer support closed sessions might make it difficult to muster the 6-3 majority needed to close the council’s doors to the public.
Glenn, however, is skeptical about Small’s stance
“I think it will still only be two votes against going into executive session,” he said. “People can say anyting in an e-mail. We’ll see.”