Heimlicher resigning

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Colorado Springs City Councilman Jerry Heimlicher announced today that he will resign Sept. 30.

Heimlicher has served on council since 2003, representing District 3, the southwest quadrant of the city.

Heimlicher, a retired Ford credit executive of 38 years, said he has concerns about whether his executive pension will remain intact, given the auto industry’s recent financial troubles.

He said he wanted to reposition himself financially as well as spend more time with his wife and family.

“Mary Margaret and I will be returning home to Tennessee later this fall,” he said.

Heimlicher was elected to the council during 2003 to fill the unexpired term of then-Councilwoman Sallie Clark, who resigned her seat to run for mayor. He was re-elected to serve a full term during 2005, and again during April.

His resignation obliges council to appoint a resident of District 3 to fill the vacant seat until the next city election, scheduled for April of 2011.

While on council, Heimlicher pursued a pro-business agenda and was a leading advocate of commercial redevelopment of South Nevada Avenue, South Academy Boulevard and East Platte Avenue.

He has also been an advocate of the city’s proposed investment in the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Currently, he serves as a council representative, along with Scott Hente, on the blue-ribbon committee that is tasked with raising $1.5 million from private sources during the next 60 days to help pay for the USOC deal.

5 Responses to Heimlicher resigning

  1. Too bad. He was a VERY GOOD COUNCILMAN FOR THE WESTSIDE AND OLD COLORADO CITY.

    We will miss him, even though to poobahs at the Colorado Springs Business Journal will not.

    You, John Hazlehurst, had better crank up an editorial for the next issue that tells what will happen when NO able, independent, Colorado Springs resident will even attempt to run or serve – with its insulting ‘stipend’ of $6,000 a year AND the flack every councilpersons gets from the so-called fiscal concervatives led by that rotten egg Doug Bruce.

    Colorado Springs is going to get what it is willing to pay for – either in management or tax supported services – which is NOTHING.

    Dave Hughes
    September 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm

  2. I totally agree, Dave. Problem with the stipend is that it limits city government to either those who are wealthy enough to not work for a living – which automatically creates a rather small constituency for them. Alternatively, councilmembers can work for a living, which splits BOTH their efforts and their loyalties. How this comes anywhere close to benefiting the city is beyond me. This seems so obvious to me that I hesitate to hit the “submit” buton.
    We need to decide, in this awesomely beautiful place we’ve chosen to call home, whether we want to be a real city, or a suburb/ So far, at every turn, we’ve chosen the latter.

    ES
    September 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm

  3. One can only imagine WHAT comes next?! More of the same or someone with moxie ….?? There is always hope! And you know where there is Hope … there is Crosby!

    RJF
    September 9, 2009 at 9:48 am

  4. Maybe it seems just a little opportunistic, my jumping in like this to fill the sudden void left by the Jerry’s resignation from City Council. But what the heck — desperate times call for desperate people.

    Read more about my faux candidacy, and how I’ll blaze a path different from Jerry’s, at today’s Page by Paige blog: http://www.locallibertyonline.org/paige_blog.php.

    Support “Paige for Council” — because Doug Bruce isn’t the only person capable of “destroying the city.”

    Sean Paige

    Sean Paige
    September 9, 2009 at 9:57 am

  5. None of the above…..you need somebody with no political skills, no agenda, and a legitimate connection to the city………like ME!

    My Cirricula Vitae (I think that’s right….):

    -No political skills;
    -No Agenda;
    -I actually had to make a payroll in a downtown for-profit business;
    -I’ve lived here longer than anybody else;
    -I have a face for radio;
    -I’m no Boy Scout, but I’m clean, honest, and trustworthy………
    -I own no slum property; and
    -I mow my own grass;

    So what else is there?….oh yea, I’d work to change the city charter…………..

    John Whitten
    September 9, 2009 at 10:33 am