Two years ago, Mayor Steve Bach appointed him to the position. At that time, Melcher agreed to remain for two years. Now he’s ready to return to the private sector.
“It has been a privilege and an honor to have served the City and the Mayor as City Attorney these past two years. I believe public service is the highest and most noble calling, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to contribute to our community,” Melcher said in a news release.
“When I accepted Mayor Bach’s request to serve, I agreed to a commitment of two years – and I have enjoyed every day. Now that we have accomplished so many of our goals, it is time for me to return to the private sector,” Melcher said.
As City Attorney, Melcher has been chief legal adviser to the mayor, City Council, all boards and commissions, Colorado Springs Utilities, Memorial Health System and all other enterprises and appointees of the City. During Melcher’s tenure, the City Attorney’s Office marked many milestones, including:
· The successful negotiation and completion of the $1.9 billion lease of Memorial Hospital to the University of Colorado Health, approved by more than 8 percent of the voters in 2012, paving the way for creation of a medical school branch campus.
· The creation of the Colorado Springs Health Foundation, with potential assets in excess of $100 million and a generational commitment to health and wellness in the community far into the future.
· Providing advice, leadership, and legal guidance to both City Council and the mayor in the historic transition to a new strong mayor form of government following approval of nearly 60 percent of the voters in November 2010.
· Drafting and approval of a new election and campaign finance code in 2012.
· Restructuring and upgrading the office of the City Attorney, bringing on a number of new highly talented attorneys, and significantly reducing outside counsel expenses for both the City and Utilities.
· Successful resolution of a number of difficult lawsuits against the City.
“Serving in this position has allowed me to be a part of two historic achievements for our City: First, the very successful lease of Memorial Hospital to UCH, and the creation of a medical school campus and a community health foundation; and second, assisting in the transition to the new Strong Mayor form of government following voter approval,” Melcher said in the release.
Bach said, “Chris Melcher has been an outstanding leader, attorney and adviser for many working in the City. He is thoughtful, smart and strategic. He loves our city and has done a tremendous amount for us in two years. The success of leasing Memorial Hospital to the University of Colorado Health is due largely to Chris Melcher’s tenacity and hard work. We will miss him greatly.”
City Council President Keith King sent a news release with a statement regarding Melcher’s resignation:
“I want to thank Chris Melcher for his service to the City of Colorado Springs and wish him and his family the best. I understand the challenging role of being an attorney for multiple clients, especially when it is a new form of governance. Council is willing to work with the Mayor to help find a new City Attorney. Public service is very demanding and I understand why someone would want to limit their service. I again wish Chris and his family the best through this transition. I look forward to working with the next City Attorney to keep the City moving forward and accomplishing great things for its citizens.”