The supporters will join committee chairs Andy McElhany, Mary Ellen McNally and Chuck Murphy in creating ballot initiative that, if approved, will introduce a “strong mayor” form of government similar to those in cities such as Detroit, Chicago, and Denver.
Supporters include such local luminaries as former Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace, former city councilmember Richard Skorman, and former city attorney Jim Colvin.
The list also includes strong contingents from the real estate, business and development communities.
The list does not include any presently serving local elected officials.
“It’s time for a change,” said Makepeace. “Having had first-hand experience with the current form of government, I believe the strong mayor structure better fits the size and maturity of Colorado Springs.”
The group hopes to craft a proposal that will “reflect the values of Colorado Springs, increase transparency in city government and ensure a clear system of checks and balances.”
The list of supporters:
George Hess III
Mary Lou Makepeace
Mary Ellen McNally