Springs Utilities CEO Returning To Colorado Tuesday

KKTV 11 News has learned that CEO of Colorado Springs Utilities Jerry Forte is on his way back to Colorado from a family vacation in California, according to his executive assistant.

He is cutting his vacation short to come back and deal with the aftermath of the Drake Power Plant fire.

Forte has been the subject of criticism for not returning sooner.

Springs Utilities council member Andy Pico defended Forte's absence Tuesday.

"We have other individuals online who were running in his absence and were perfectly capable of it... At this point, I said we can't even get into the plant, so his presence here wouldn't necessarily add anything or detract anything. We have very competent people on task at the moment," Pico said Tuesday afternoon.

We are working to get an interview with Forte as soon as possible.