Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bach makes top appointments

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 10:56 AM

click to enlarge Massey: Will ditch "interim" title. - COURTESY CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
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  • Massey: Will ditch "interim" title.
Wynetta Massey, long time city lawyer and interim city attorney after Chris Melcher's resignation Jan. 31, has been appointed as city attorney by Mayor Steve Bach.

Bach also has appointed interim aviation director Dan Gallagher to the top position at Colorado Springs Airport nearly a year after Bach forced Mark Earle from the job.

In addition, Bach has appointed Bret Waters, director of the Office of Emergency Management, to also serve as deputy chief of staff. Fitting, perhaps, considering Waters used to report to the fire chief, and Bach's new chief of staff is former Fire Chief Steve Cox, who also served as Bach's interim chief of staff immediately after he was elected in June 2011, leaving in July 2012 in the aftermath of the Waldo Canyon Fire. Former chief of staff Laura Neumann resigned effective March 1.

“We are proud to announce the advancement of three outstanding individuals from within the City of Colorado Springs staff to new leadership positions,” Bach said in a release “These are exceptional people who will have key roles in moving Colorado Springs forward.”

She's been with the city for 24 years and has served as deputy city attorney and counsel to City Council. Massey will assign someone to represent the Council from within her office. Mayor Bach said he chose Massey because of her “tremendous institutional knowledge and decades of municipal government experience combined with outstanding leadership skills.”
Gallagher: promoted to top airport job. - COURTESY CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
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  • Gallagher: promoted to top airport job.
Odd, considering his first city attorney, Melcher, chosen in September 2011, had no municipal government experience whatsoever. Melcher reined during a time when the city made historic payouts to settle lawsuits, and now faces a $200 million tab to the Public Employees Retirement Association as a result of a lawsuit Melcher oversaw as city attorney.

Massey's salary will be set by Council, per City Charter, if and when she's confirmed within the next 90 days. Melcher was paid roughly $184,000 a year. Massey was paid $147,443 as interim city attorney.

He has more than 13 years of experience in airline and airport management and has been with the city since September 2010. Prior to that, he worked as the capital programs manager for San Antonio International Airport, was with an airline's Corporate Real Estate section, and held various jobs at Long Island MacArthur Airport. Bach credits Gallagher with adding Alaska Airline’s non-stop flight to Seattle last year and the addition of Allegiant Air’s non-stop flight to Phoenix.

“During his time as Interim Regional Director, Dan has shown exceptional leadership and vision to enhance the Colorado Springs Regional Airport,” said Mayor Bach. “I’m confident that he will continue to advance this important economic driver for our region.”
click to enlarge Waters: Dual responsibilities. - COURTESY CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
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  • Waters: Dual responsibilities.
Gallagher will see his salary bumped by 10 percent, from $132,719 to $145,991.

He'll be wearing two hats. As deputy chief of staff, he'll assist Cox and take part in "various civic, business, and professional forums and be liaison between City Council, departments, external organizations, and the public." He also will represent the Mayor’s Office in working with boards, commissions and citizen groups.
Waters managed the City of Colorado Springs Emergency Operations Center during the Waldo Canyon Fire and Black Forest Fire, including coordination of several areas in response and recovery. Waters served as the recovery manager for the Waldo fire for the city.

Waters's pay will go up by 10 percent, from $124,320 to $136,752

Before the naming of Waters, the city didn't have a deputy chief of staff.

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