Wednesday, June 9, 2010

He's baa-aack

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 6:25 PM

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Douglas Bruce has returned from his, uh, vacation to Pennsylvania.

That being the vacation that was, of course, completely coincidentally planned at the same time that the El Paso County Sheriff's Department was trying to serve him a court order to testify on a campaign finance hearing.

The Sheriff's Department, by the way, deserves a medal for persistence — they tried serving Bruce 29 times.

Whew!

Anyways, Bruce is back. And he's back with a vengeance.

Bruce, along with six others, has filed paperwork with the City Clerk's office stating his intention to circulate a petition to get an initiative on the November ballot.

The initiative would create what can only be described as a super-strong mayor form of government. (As opposed to the strong mayor system being proposed by a citizens group.)

Under Bruce's model the mayor would truly be all things to all people, replacing the city manager, chief financial officer, economic development director and manager, community development director, and the entire public communications division.

So FYI, voters: If this passes, the next mayor we elect should definitely be a good multitasker!

Here's the proposed initiative in full:

CHARTER AMENDMENT SOUGHT TO BE SUBMITTED AT THE NEXT REGULAR ELECTION.
Be it Enacted by the People of the City of Colorado Springs:
ARTICLE XVI. DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITY
16-10. The office of mayor shall replace the positions of city manager, assistant city manager, chief financial
officer, economic development director and manager, community development director, and the public
communications division. Legal references to "city manager" shall now read "mayor." The mayor may also
veto ordinances, resolutions, appointments, and spending and budget line items within 20 days after council
passage; prepay debts, pay claims, impound funds, refund charges, and lower taxes and fees; excuse code
violators and penalties; and direct enterprises and authorities.
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