Aimee Cox, who's worked for the City Council as its first administrator under the council-mayor form of government adopted two years ago, has been lured to the other branch by Mayor Steve Bach. She'll receive an 11 percent raise, to $90,000 a year.
This leaves a hole in the Council staff, which observers say opens the door for Council President Keith King's campaign manager Danny Cole. Cole, who teaches at King's charter school, has been involved in local politics off and on, both before he went to Columbia University law school and after he dropped out and came back home.
City Hall denizens report Cole has been hanging around and casing the offices of Council staff, which is dwindling. Council Aide Marti Devine-Sletta turned in her resignation just as King came to power.
King has sung Cole's praises repeatedly, and gave him much of the credit on election night for his victory. In that same speech at the Olive Branch downtown, he also gave a lot of thanks to Tom Gallagher, former Council member who dropped out of the race to support King. Gallagher, too, has apparently been hanging around City Hall since King took office.
Anyway, we asked King if Cox's departure will clear the way for Cole, to which he responded yesterday via e-mail: "Aimee's job will be filled as quickly as possible. I worked on it today. It will be filled by the normal HR process. I do not know whether or not he will be applying. You need to call him. However if he does, he should be treated like everyone else."
We've sent Cole a message and will update if and when we hear back from him.
The city put out a release about Cox today:
Mayor Bach announced today that he has promoted Aimee Cox, current City Council Administrator, to Senior Economic Vitality Specialist in the Office of the Mayor. In her new role, Cox will be working on economic development projects in the Economic Opportunity Zones, senior and low income housing issues, and Mayor and Suzi Bach’s homeless initiative.
“Aimee brings a vast amount of experience to this role having served in various positions for the City of Colorado Springs for the past ten years,” said Mayor Steve Bach. “Her passion for public service, track record of success and broad knowledge of our community will be a huge asset to the Office of the Mayor and our economic vitality goals.”
Aimee Cox grew up in Colorado Springs and has made a career serving the residents of the Pikes Peak Region. Before being selected as the City’s first City Council Administrator in the Council-Mayor form of government, Aimee was a grant writer and project manager with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department and administered the City’s federally funded affordable housing rehabilitation and development programs through the Housing Development Division. During her tenure with the City, she has secured over 9 million dollars for parks, open spaces, trails, recreation programs, and historic preservation projects, managed open space acquisitions, planned for local housing and recreational amenities and leveraged innumerable community partnerships to improve service delivery and enrich the region’s quality of life.
“I have spent the majority of my career in professional and voluntary public service to improve service delivery and enrich our quality of life, “said Aimee. “I believe economic vitality is our most critical issue. This new position sings to my passion for serving people and for building vibrant places.”
Aimee was elected to the Manitou Springs City Council in 2008 and served as the Mayor Pro Tem for two years of her four-year term, leading Manitou Springs through two charter amendments and securing over $500,000 in grant funds for community projects. She also served on the Board of Directors of COPPeR (the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region), chaired the Manitou Springs Parks Advisory Board where she integrated art into play space renovations, and worked with a team of Manitou Springs residents and scientists to design and fund restoration of the upper reaches of Fountain Creek.
Aimee attended college in Colorado Springs and remained here to raise her two children. Aimee holds a BA in Sociology and Communication and a MA in Sociology, both from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She worked for the UCCS Center for Community Development and Design and spent two semesters as adjunct faculty in the Sociology Department.
Aimee’s salary as City Council Administrator is $81,000. She has been promoted to Senior Economic Vitality Specialist at a salary of $90,000. She will begin her new role in the Office of the Mayor on June 15. Until then, she will continue in her current role and help create a transition plan for City Council.