Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach announced Tuesday that his chief of staff is leaving the position as of March 1.
Laura Neumann, who also serves as Bach's chief administrative officer, was recruited out of retirement to be a part of Bach's administration. Bach credits her with balancing the city's budget and achieving the highest fund reserve in the city's history, in addition to many other accomplishments.
The full statement from the city about Neumann's departure is below:
Mayor Steve Bach announced today that Chief of Staff/Chief Administrative Officer Laura Neumann has resigned her position with the City of Colorado Springs. Her last day will be March 1, 2014.
Ms. Neumann was recruited from her early retirement from the hospitality sector specifically with the mission of attracting and retaining top executives while heightening and delivering consistent quality core services to the community. She was Mayor Bach’s key partner in developing strategies to make the City of Colorado Springs the most business- and citizen-friendly city in the nation.
Mayor Bach applauds Ms. Neumann’s accomplishments and expressed great appreciation for her noteworthy contributions over the past two years. Within one year of her hire, Ms. Neumann balanced the City’s near $400M budget while ensuring we achieved the highest fund reserve in the history of the City. She was also charged with achieving the reinstatement of key citizen services, including heightened public safety, enhanced transit service, improved infrastructure, greater citizen access to City services and information through mobile-enabled technologies. Six months into her assignment, she led City operations and policy-making in the Emergency Operations Center during the Waldo Canyon Fire.
Ms. Neumann has made watershed contributions which will benefit our community for generations to come; she will be greatly missed. Mayor Bach and the entire City team respect Laura’s desire to spend more time with her family and wish her the very best.
Former CSFD fire chief Steve Cox has been tapped to take Neumann's place. Full statement from the city below:
Mayor Bach is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Cox as the new Chief of Staff/Chief Administration Officer. Mr. Cox is returning to the City’s Executive Team for his third tour of public service for the City of Colorado Springs, following his retirement in July 2012 as Chief of Economic Vitality. He originally began his career with the Colorado Springs Fire Department thirty-three years ago, rising through the ranks and serving as Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Chief.
While serving as Fire Chief, Mr. Cox was appointed Interim City Manager for one year during the transformation to the Strong Mayor form of government, and in June 2011 became Mayor Bach’s inaugural Chief of Staff. In January 2012, he assumed the position of Chief of Economic Vitality and Innovation where he was instrumental in building a consolidated approach for addressing the challenges associated with energizing our local economy as a key contributor of Mayor Bach’s executive team.
Nearly two years ago Mayor Bach said, “I hate to see him go and tried to talk him into at least another year. His service to our City was tremendous and truly appreciated. I’ll miss him, but we’ll be in touch.” Needless to say, Mayor Bach and the entire City team are thrilled to see Steve return to the fold with his wealth of knowledge and passion for public service.