Melcher to be next city attorney

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Christopher Melcher will be the new city attorney when Patricia Kelly retires Sept. 30.

Melcher, who became counsel at Colorado College in 2006, was confirmed at today’s city council meeting.

The city never advertised for Kelly’s position after she announced her retirement earlier this month. But Mayor Steve Bach praised Melcher for his law and public policy experience.

Melcher graduated from Yale Law School in 1986. He is a founding director of the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority, where he has been chairman of the board since 2007.

“I am privileged and honored to accept this position. I look forward to working with the talented and dedicated group of individuals at the City Attorney’s office,” says Melcher in a press release.

As city attorney, he will be chief legal advisor to the mayor, city council, all boards and commissions, Colorado Springs Utilities, Memorial Health System, as well as the staffs of their respective organizations, and all other enterprises and appointees of the city. Additionally, the city attorney’s office is charged with prosecution of all cases docketed into Municipal Court.

Prior to his position at the Colorado College, Melcher served as vice president, law and public policy, for Adelphia Communications Corporation in West Palm Beach, Fla.