Cox plans July 31 retirement

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Longtime city administrator Steve Cox will retire at the end of the month.

A press release from the city said that Cox only planned to stay for a year when he took the chief of economic vitality position last year, a new department created by Mayor Steve Bach.

“He asked me to reconsider my decision, but I told him, it’s time for me to be with family,” said Cox. “ I want to spend more time with my wife, my kids and my grandkids. I’ve had a fantastic career with the city, and will miss my colleagues, but my family is excited to have my full attention. I have a tee time with the mayor – and will support him in every way – we’ve become good friends.”

Cox also served as interim chief of staff before moving to the economic vitality job. Before that, he served as interim city manager after the abrupt department of Penny Culbreth-Graft.

 

But he started his long career, 31 years ago in the Colorado Springs Fire Department. He served as deputy fire chief and fire chief. He officially retired from the fire department last year.

 

The mayor’s office gives Cox credit for “addressing the challenges associated with energizing our local economy.”

 

“Steve Cox has been a key part of Mayor Bach’s executive team,” the press release said.

 

And the mayor issued a statement saying he would miss Cox.

 

“But we’ll be in touch,” he said.

 

 

“Steve Cox has been instrumental in many of our accomplishments this past year,” Bach said in a statement. “Steve deserves time to concentrate on all things family. I’ll miss him, but we’ll be in touch.”

 

Cox could be working as a consultant for city projects in the future.