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William Bernard ("Bernie") Herpin, Jr., was born in August 1943, in St. Petersburg, Florida, to William B. Herpin, Sr. (Deceased) and Mary Louise Murrah (Deceased). He attended public and Catholic schools in Texas, Florida, and Louisiana graduating from Menard Memorial High School, Alexandria, Louisiana, in 1962. Bernie received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy and attended 1962 - 1964. In 1965, he was married to Linda Elaine (Bjornerud) of Colorado Springs.

In August 1965, Bernie enlisted in the United States Navy. After schooling and serving on the USS Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641), he was selected for the Navy Enlisted Scientific and Education Program and attended the University of Kansas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy in January 1973. After service onboard the USS John Marshall (SSBN-611) and USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601) and at the Naval Submarine Training Facility (Pacific) with duty stations in New London, CT; Charleston, SC; Vallejo, CA; and Pearl Harbor, HI, he transferred to the US Air Force in 1980 and was assigned to the Headquarters, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He retired from military service as a Captain in 1985.

In 1985, Bernie graduated from Webster University with a Master of Arts degree in Computer Resource Management.

From 1985 until January 2003, Bernie was employed at National Systems & Research Co. (NSR) where he held positions including Project Manager, Deputy Program Manager, and Contract Administrator. In January 2003, he joined the staff of Lockheed Martin Information Technology and is currently a Senior Information Systems Analyst supporting the 1st Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base.

In March 2006, Bernie was appointed to the Colorado Springs City Council as an At-Large member to complete the term of a resigned councilmember. He was elected to a full 4-year term in 2009 as the representative from District 4.

Linda has been a resident of Colorado Springs since 1952 and is a graduate of Wasson High School. She completed 36 years with AT&T in 2008. Linda and Bernie, who have been married for 43 years, have three daughters: Tiffany Dawn, born in February 1972, in Lawrence, Kansas, is a graduate of Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs and Colorado State University. Tiffany is an Engineer at Verizon Business (formerly MCI) in Colorado Springs and is married to Paul Koch who also works at Verizon Business. Heather Nicole ("Nikki"), born in October 1973, in New London, Connecticut, is a graduate of Mitchell High School and has attended Colorado State University. She is married to Darrell Lindquist, a manager at Albertson's. Nikki runs her own house cleaning service. They have a son, Dayne Alan, who was born in April 2006 and a daughter, Hope Nicole, born in January 2009. Kari Ann, born in December 1977, in Honolulu, Hawaii, is a graduate of Mitchell High School. She is married to Joshua Reed DeBurger who is serving in the US Navy. They have a son, Connor Reed, who was born in March 2001 and a daughter, Emma Nicole, who was born in September 2003.

Recent Comments

Re: “Expense accountable?

Pokey, not true: IRS rules allow for reimbursement of business miles. Commuting to first business location of the day is not reimbursable, nor from last location to home. Any miles from the first business location to other locations for business are reimburseable.

I was not "lamenting" council "pay", merely stating a fact. And Memorial is NOT "approaching bankruptcy" - it is financially sounds (why else would HCA be will to pay $500M to lease it). Liewise, the Southern Delivery System is a needed and valuable addition to our city's ability to use the water we own and to ensure adequate water for the next 50 years.

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Posted by BernieHerpin on 12/02/2011 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Eastburn service set for Friday

Dr. Eastburn was a true community leader. He stepped forward to help lead our community even though it impacted his professional life. In my limited contact with him, mostly on the campaign trail, he was always upbeat and professional. I don't know what demons possessed him to end his life in this manner, but he will be missed. This is a great loss for his family and our community.

Posted by BernieHerpin on 08/17/2010 at 1:06 PM

Re: “A place for all kids at Memorial Park

As a "right-wing" conservative, I can tell that I fully support this playground. If anyone has ever met Abby Ferrell, who was the impetus behind building this playground, you could not help but support this. This will be a great addition to our city.

Bernie Herpin
Council Member
City of Colorado Springs

Posted by BernieHerpin on 03/18/2010 at 10:04 AM

Re: “300: not-hot topic

First, just so there is no confusion, the Stormwater Enterprise has ended and any left over funds and assets have been moved into the general fund and designated for completion of any on-going storm water projects. There will be no more storm water fees collected after December 31, 2009. Stormwater bills for 2009 and before are still valid and must be paid.

What council is now considering is how to implement the rest of Issue 300, especially as it pertains to "payments" from enterprises to the city for services provided to the enterprises by the city; such as, legal and audit services, payroll, HR, vehicle maintenance, etc.

In addition, we must codify Issue 300 in a city ordinance and ensure that it does not conflict with our city charter.

In this time of reduced revenue and services, I believe it is our responsibility to make city government as cost effective and efficient as possible. To me, it makes no economic sense to require enterprises to have their own legal or audit staff, payroll, HR staff, etc. Therefore, I don't believe those voting for Issue 300 would consider enterprise payments for legitimate services rendered by the city to violate the letter or spirit of Issue 300.

The biggest impact of Issue 300 is the "payment in lieu of taxes" (PILT) that the Colorado Springs Utilities pays to the city. This is about $27 million per year and represents the taxes and fees that a privately owned utility would pay the city for use of city rights-of-way and property, sales, and use taxes. At present, we have reduced the 2010 PILT payment by 12.5% representing an 8 year phase out as directed by Issue 300. A complicating factor is the Charter direction that tells council how to fund CSU operations and that allows any excess CSU revenue to be placed in the city's general fund. Since we are currently using the PILT, we are not appropriating any excess CSU revenue to the city's general fund.

We are trying to work with Mr. Bruce to ensure that Issue 300 is implemented according to the "will of the voters". This is, of course, subject to interpretation since most everyone I spoke to voted for 300 to end the Stormwater Enterprise and few can even name what enterprises the city operates. From what I've heard from Mr. Bruce so far, he will insist on the strictest possible interpretation of 300 which means not even allowing the payment for services.

I believe, and think most citizens will agree, that a common sense implementation of 300 is in order and that this implementation should not end up costing more taxpayer money, resulting in even more cuts in city services, but I suspect the final decision will be determined by a judge.

Please understand that council members are elected to make those decisions we believe are in the best interest of the city as a whole and we know that we will never please everyone. I also believe that the city has a responsibility to provide those services that our citizens expect and demand within the funds we have available. I also believe there is more to a city than just providing the bare police and fire services and that "quality of life" services are important to making this a community where people want to live, work, play, and raise a family.

Bernie Herpin
Council Member District 4
City of Colorado Springs

Posted by BernieHerpin on 01/19/2010 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Riders on the storm

Of course I never made any such statement. All the threats and falsehoods are not going to solve the transit problems. To fully fund the city's share of transit at the 2009 levels would cost $6,118,296. Given the failure of 2C, the passage of 300, and the requirement for a balanced budget, there isn't $6 million available.

If we can resolve the issue of 300 and whether or not it over rides the city charter in the council's management of Colorado Springs Utilities, we may have additional PILT money available which could allow us to restore some of the cuts.

Since joining council last April, I have been only one of two councilmembers (the other being Jan Martin) who has participated in transit forums and have been trying to find solutions to city funded transit service cuts.

With limited funds, we had to prioritize our needs and public safety must be first.

Bernie Herpin
Council Member District 4
City of Colorado Springs

Posted by BernieHerpin on 12/17/2009 at 8:57 AM

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