Monday, June 13, 2016

Jariah Walker converts public office dreams into city job

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 8:50 AM

click to enlarge Jariah Walker: Trying out government on the inside. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Jariah Walker: Trying out government on the inside.
THIS BLOG HAS BEEN  UPDATED TO SHOW THAT WALKER RESIGNED FROM COLORADO SPRINGS FORWARD'S BOARD WHEN HE WAS HIRED BY THE CITY.

After two failed attempts to become an elected official, Jariah Walker has taken a job with the city.

After losing badly to Peggy Littleton in the 2014 election for the El Paso County Commission District 5 seat, Walker, a Democrat, ran for an at-large seat on Colorado Springs City Council 2015, in which he was edged out by Bill Murray, Tom Strand and Merv Bennett.

(It's worth noting that the Gazette endorsed Littleton without disclosing that Wayne Laugesen, a member of the newspaper's editorial board, is married to Dede Laugesen, who ran Littleton's campaign. The Gazette later said Wayne Laugesen didn't take part in the endorsement process for that race.)

Walker, who has been in his family's property management business, was hired by the city March 28 to be a senior analyst in the Economic Development Division.

While he won't make as much as a county commissioner elected in 2014 ($87,300), as a city worker he's paid $72,500. That beats Council pay, at $6,250 a year, all to hell.

So it would appear that Walker's political days are over, at least for now.

Meantime, though, he appears to still be a member resigned from the the board of Colorado Springs Forward, a local nonprofit formed to influence public policy, when he accepted the city job.

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