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In the wake of criticism over suggested ballot initiatives, City Attorney Pat Kelly has announced her decision to retire on Sept. 30. The decision comes after Kelly sent Mayor Steve Bach several suggestions for November ballot initiatives, including one that would allow City Council to appoint the city attorney, instead of the mayor. The initiatives,… Continue Reading City attorney retiring after 25 years

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Donna Nelson, operations manager for Security Service Federal Credit Union, will be the city’s economic vitality specialist. “Donna is an ideal person for this job,” said Mayor Steve Bach in a press release. “Her skills range from marketing to mergers to acquisitions to re-engineering operations. Her military service and a business track record that most… Continue Reading Nelson to be city’s first economic vitality specialist

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Aubrey named communications director

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Cindy Aubrey, news director at KOAA-TV, will be the first chief communications officer under the new strong mayor form of government, said Mayor Steve Bach. “Cindy brings an incredible skill set to this position. The communications function is critical to presenting the right image to effectively tell our great story, recruit businesses, and showcase our… Continue Reading Aubrey named communications director

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Colorado Springs’ sales tax revenue  is higher than it was at this time last year and is on track to come in over budget by year’s end. The city’s 2011 mid-year financial report shows sales and use tax revenue – the city’s main source of income – is at $36.5 million as of June 1.… Continue Reading Sales tax revenue up, but mayor, council not hiring yet

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Mayor Steve Bach issued an edict last week barring city employees from talking to members of the media. All inquiries must now be cleared by the mayor or his chief of staff or answered by the yet-to-be-named city spokesperson. It’s a bad move that degrades faith and trust in local government — even when it… Continue Reading Mayor’s media policy won’t instill trust

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City clarifies press policy

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Mayor Steve Bach’s office is defending an email sent to city staff that appears to change the city’s policy about allowing staff members to talk to the media. The email, sent this morning, requested that Bach clear every media request through his administration before answering questions. That’s not the case, said Stephannie Finley, a Colorado… Continue Reading City clarifies press policy

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