Tuesday, June 20, 2017

City legal advisor shifts to Parks Department

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 10:48 AM

click to enlarge Britt Haley: Changing hats, staying with the city. - COURTESY CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
  • Courtesy city of Colorado Springs
  • Britt Haley: Changing hats, staying with the city.
An attorney with the the city of Colorado Springs is taking a significant pay cut to take a different job with the city Parks Department.

Britt Haley has been hired into a new position, park design and development manager, the city said in a news release.

She's worked in the City Attorney's Office since December 2012 and has advised the Parks Department on various issues for five years. She played a role in the city's controversial swap of city-owned Strawberry Fields open space to The Broadmoor last year. (The swap was challenged in court by a nonprofit, Save Cheyenne, which lost in District Court but has appealed to the Colorado Court of Appeals.)

In her current job, Haley is paid $131,722 a year. Her new salary is $110,000 a year.

As described in the news release below, Haley formerly worked with the State Board of Land Commissioners and is a past chair of the State Trails Committee.

From the release:
“We are so excited to bring Britt on board in this new role. Her background and expertise in land management, trails, stewardship and conservation will lend itself well to overseeing our Design and Development Division,” said Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Karen Palus. “Her experience in municipal government, managerial skills, working with stakeholders and her familiarity with Colorado Springs’ overall park system will be great assets to the City and our community.”

Haley has been the assigned corporate attorney to the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department for the last five years. She is also the former Director of the State Board of Land Commissioners and past State Trails Committee Chair.

“I am thrilled to join the parks team and thankful for the opportunity to put my skills to work on projects that will steward and further enhance Colorado Springs’ world class trail, open space and park amenities,” said Haley.

The Park Design and Development Division is responsible for the management of the City’s park system development, land acquisitions, park land dedication ordinance, conservation and stewardship of our open spaces. This position oversees the Trails, Open Space and Parks Program (TOPS) with an overall division annual budget of $7.5 million. The Park Design and Development Manager reports to the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director with an annual salary of $110,000.

Haley’s first day with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will be July 17.

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