Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ex-city manager still teaching here

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Remember Penny Culbreth-Graft?

The former Colorado Springs city manager has the title of scholar in residence at UCCS and is being paid $32,500 to teach four courses, two last semester and two this semester, the university reports.

A scholar in residence title is given to individuals whose combination of academic background and career expertise in areas of business, industry, law, K-12 education, the arts or government makes them valuable contributors to the undergraduate or graduate curriculum of their primary unit, according to the UCCS handbook, says UCCS spokesman Tom Hutton. Scholars in Residence usually hold the terminal degree in their discipline but have spent much or all of their careers outside academia. They are employees at will.

She's featured on Page 5 of "Views," a publication of UC-Denver's School of Public Affairs.

Culbreth-Graft left the city last year and initially made a demand for severance pay, but it was never paid.

Culbreth-Graft as featured in Views.
  • Culbreth-Graft as featured in "Views."

She had a few problems with her house in California being foreclosed upon, but apparently there's no such issue with her home in the Broadmoor Bluffs area. In fact, it appears she made a good decision to buy. She paid $875,000 in 2008, and the El Paso County Assessor's Office now says it's worth $904,500.

Anyway, it appears there are several former city managers who find the Springs a nice place to stick around. Jim Mullen, who served from 1996 to 2002, left for a post in Henderson, Nev., but has returned. Lorne Kramer, the former police chief who succeeded Mullen and retired in 2007, also is still living here.

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