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Mayor Steve Bach will meet monthly with the Colorado Springs City Council in what he is calling the “Mayor’s Counsel.” The idea, he said, is that the City Council might need some counseling from him and he might need some counseling from them. “We are peers, they are not my Council,” he said. The monthly… Continue Reading Bach will host monthly meetings with City Council

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Melcher to be next city attorney

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Christopher Melcher will be the new city attorney when Patricia Kelly retires Sept. 30. Melcher, who became counsel at Colorado College in 2006, was confirmed at today’s city council meeting. The city never advertised for Kelly’s position after she announced her retirement earlier this month. But Mayor Steve Bach praised Melcher for his law and… Continue Reading Melcher to be next city attorney

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Why blow off the Memorial Commission?

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Mayor Steve Bach hopes to encourage more citizen participation with his new “Spirit of the Springs” initiative. He wants more people to serve on committees, more people to run for city council, more people to apply for city staff. And he wants people who aren’t usually involved with the city to become more involved. It… Continue Reading Why blow off the Memorial Commission?

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Nick Kittle has been chosen to be the city’s innovation and sustainability manager, reporting to chief of staff Steve Cox. It’s the second new position created by Steve Bach since he became mayor this spring. Kittle’s new job is to streamline many of the city’s processes and policies, making it easier and more efficient for… Continue Reading Kittle takes on job to make city more efficient

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Donna Nelson is the city’s new economic vitality specialist, a position that replaces the city’s traditional economic development efforts. Continue Reading City opts for vitality over economic development

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Running the city like a business is odd

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Not only did the citizens of Colorado Springs want a “strong mayor” with commensurate strong salary, they wanted the city to run like a business, which is code-word for efficiency. They found a perfect match in Steve Bach, a former commercial real-estate broker whose regal appearance bespeaks of a successful CEO and hopefully a mayor.… Continue Reading Running the city like a business is odd

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City Clerk Young retires

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Long-time City Clerk Kathryn Young is retiring as of July 28. Young has been a city employee since 1983. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to have served this extraordinary organization and its citizens for the past 28 years,” said Young. “While I look forward to enjoying my retirement, I will deeply miss the… Continue Reading City Clerk Young retires

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City responds to media policy criticism

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It is apparent by the recent opinion piece in the CSBJ, that the intentions behind having a media policy for the city are being misconstrued. Let me be clear that the policy does not, and never did, prohibit our employees from talking to the media. Being transparent and having an appropriate media policy in a… Continue Reading City responds to media policy criticism

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Mayor Steve Bach has said that enhancing the city’s business climate is a priority. What’s your advice about the best way to do this? We’d like to hear from you. Leave a comment below.

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Final mayoral debate tonight

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There are still tickets available for tonight’s mayoral debate between Richard Skorman and Steve Bach. The two men face off at 5 p.m. tonight at the Pikes Peak Center. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at www.mayordebate.mmecos.org. With days remaining until the election May 17, this is one of the final appearances for the two men.… Continue Reading Final mayoral debate tonight

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