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Mayor Steve Bach offered City Council  an unexpected olive branch Wednesday when he appointed Wynetta Massey as city attorney and named Dan Gallagher aviation director for the Colorado Springs Airport. Both Gallagher and Massey had been serving as interim appointees. Mayor Bach has frequently declined to forward the names of interim appointees to Council to… Continue Reading Mayor’s appointments might ease city tension

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Election brings new torrent of themes, extremes

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It’s too bad that we can’t give politicians a mandatory timeout. We could brighten the dreary stretch of time between November and April by forbidding campaign activity of all kind — no speeches, no fundraising, no self-serving press releases, no “town hall” meetings, no partisan attacks. Alas, such is not the case. While most of… Continue Reading Election brings new torrent of themes, extremes

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As this version of the Colorado Springs City Council approaches its one-year anniversary, it may be time for a quick performance assessment. It should be simple enough. At the mischievous suggestion of a prominent local businessman, we’ll use metrics generally accepted in the corporate world — those that the Council majority cited as they quizzed… Continue Reading Council – time for an early ROI assessment

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Neumann’s departure could have lasting impact

The news of city Chief of Staff Laura Neumann’s resignation earlier this week stunned community leaders and elected officials alike. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding her March 1 departure, it’s not good news for the city no matter how it’s spun. Tellingly, City Councilors Jan Martin and Jill Gaebler used the same phrase in separate… Continue Reading Neumann’s departure could have lasting impact

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Neumann resigns as chief of staff, Cox returns to prior role

Chief of Staff/Chief Administrative Officer Laura Neumann has resigned her position with the City of Colorado Springs, effective March 1. She will be replaced by her predecessor Steve Cox. Cox retired in 2012 after serving as Fire Chief, interim city manager, Chief of Staff and Chief of Economic Vitality. He originally began his career with… Continue Reading Neumann resigns as chief of staff, Cox returns to prior role

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When President Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for a fourth term in 1944, his campaign seized on an old country aphorism to use as his re-election theme: “Don’t change horses in midstream!” But as every businessperson knows, different tasks require different skill sets. A company’s charismatic founder may not be the person to take the mundane,… Continue Reading Bach’s challenge – assemble folks to sell C4C

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State Rep. Bob Gardner, himself a veteran of many political wars, doesn’t mind sharing his view of the battle going on now inside the Colorado Springs city government. “The mayor has fought with two successive Councils,” Gardner said of Steve Bach, “so the responsibility for fighting is the mayor’s.” The four-term state legislator was an… Continue Reading Regardless of blame, city needs peace treaty now

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Emails shed light on dismissed Council employee

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Thanks to a CORA request filed by Colorado Springs media, the city has released all emails to, from, or regarding George Culpepper, the recently hired and abruptly terminated Council legislative assistant. Most of them are routine workplace communications (e.g., “George, your IPhone and IPad are ready for you to pick up.”), but some may give… Continue Reading Emails shed light on dismissed Council employee

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Headlines aside, people stood out in 2013

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You’re probably growing weary of reading how much the City for Champions projects mean to Colorado Springs’ future, and how the initial funding approval provided by far the best feel-good story of 2013. Most likely, you also aren’t interested in reading more about the past year’s fires, floods and government controversy. Good, because we feel… Continue Reading Headlines aside, people stood out in 2013

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CVB, RBA win full funding amid overrides

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“It’s been a great week!” said Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Doug Price, reacting to City Council’s decision to sustain Mayor Steve Bach’s veto of a proposed $1.3 million cut in the organization’s budget, following on the heels of the state Economic Development Commission’s support of the City for Champions proposal. Mayor Bach’s… Continue Reading CVB, RBA win full funding amid overrides

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