Bach appoints city leaders on staff

WynettaMasseyColorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach appointed Wynetta Massey as city attorney and Dan Gallagher as aviation director for the Colorado Springs Regional Airport, according to a press release sent by the city Wednesday morning.

Also, Bret Waters, current director of the office of emergency management, has taken on the additional role of deputy chief of staff.

Both Massey and Gallagher’s appointments are subject to council confirmation.

“We are proud to announce the advancement of three outstanding individuals from within the City of Colorado Springs staff to new leadership positions,” said Bach.

Massey, who has served as interim city attorney since Jan. 3, has been appointed to the position of city attorney, subject to City Council confirmation.

Massey worked in a variety of progressively responsible roles over the past 24 years, including deputy city attorney and legislative counsel to City Council. Massey will assign a new legislative counsel from within the city attorney’s office.

City Council has up to 90 days to confirm the appointment. Massey’s salary will be set by City Council as part of the confirmation process.

Gallagher has been named Aviation Director for the Colorado Springs Airport, subject to City Council approval.

Gallagher has more than 13 years of progressively responsible experience in airline and airport management. He has been with the Colorado Springs Airport since September 2010, serving as interim airport director since March 2013.

As interim director, Gallagher helped add Alaska Airline’s non-stop flight to Seattle and the just-announced addition of Allegiant Air’s non-stop flight to Phoenix.

“During his time as interim director, Dan has shown exceptional leadership and vision to enhance the Colorado Springs Regional Airport,” said Bach. “I’m confident he will continue to advance this important economic driver for our region.”

Gallagher will receive a 10 percent promotional increase, raising his salary of $132,719 to $145,991.

Waters is now Deputy Chief of Staff. Waters has served as office of emergency management director since 2005, and will continue in that role while taking on additional responsibilities with the mayor.

Waters will assist the chief of staff with City Council and various civic, business, and professional forums and be liaison between City Council, departments, external organizations, and the public. He will also represent the Mayor’s Office working with a variety of boards, commissions and citizen groups.

Waters will receive a 10 percent promotional increase, raising his salary of $124,320 to $136,752.