Following the announcement of Nancy Johnson's resignation, the Indy put in a call to Mayor Steve Bach for further comments. But Chief of Staff Laura Neumann got back to us by e-mail instead, explaining "it was between Nancy and me."
Neumann forwarded a letter she had sent out to other media as a way of explanation. It reads:
As with any transition in executive leadership, there are really good people…talented, high performers that may not agree with the new direction or have the right chemistry with the new regime. Nancy Johnson chose to resign to pursue other opportunities. I asked her to stay; as I believe her expertise and contributions have been invaluable to our City for 3 ½ years. She chose not to remain part of our team. As part of her resignation, I did recommend a severance package as there was no fault and no cause for separation other than what Nancy determined to be a “good fit” going forward. That package included a one month administrative leave where she is available to me and any member of our team to ensure a smooth transition and an additional three months pay and continuing benefits. Although this may seem rich for her years of service to the City of Colorado Springs, it is well in line for an executive in any organization, public or private, with 30 years of management and executive level experience. You are welcome to call her directly if you wish. I think she would have nothing to say but positive comments about her tenure here.
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A press release noting her departure gave no reason for her exit.
Johnson had recently been promoted to deputy chief of staff. At a press conference, she seemed excited about her position, and gave no indication she planned on leaving. In fact, Bach stressed that having Johnson as his deputy chief of staff would help his newly hired chief of staff, Laura Neumann, whose entire career was in the private sector, adjust to her new job. (Neumann sounded excited about this herself in an Indy interview.)
Bach's administration has seen the exit of most high-level officials in the city government, be they sudden resignations, retirements or firings.
Deputy Chief of Staff leaving position at the City
City of Colorado Springs Chief of Staff Laura Neumann announced today the resignation of Deputy Chief of Staff, Nancy Johnson effective March 2. Johnson has been with the City for three and a half years and has spent three decades working in municipal government. She was initially hired as one of two Assistant City Managers and has also worked with the Economic Development, Planning, Public Works, and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Departments as well as the Parking Enterprise.
The City will be working on a transition plan in the weeks ahead for the departments which directly report to her.