Colorado Springs Councilman expresses concern over mayor

a city councilman is *publicly calling out Colorado Springs' mayor -- over an email exchange.
Published: Sep. 13, 2023 at 10:49 PM MDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2023 at 5:39 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Councilman Dave Donelson says his email to the city’s CFO contained two questions. According to an exchange released by Donelson, that first email said in part:

“What is the current total city spending (excluding enterprises)?

“What was it four years ago?”

Donelson says he is concerned about the response.

“It’s dangerous. I use that word intentionally in my statement,” Donelson said.

He says he received this reply from Mayor Yemi Mobolade:

“Before I activate her work, (1) I need to understand the request and what you are trying to accomplish. (2) And is there support from any other council members for this request?”

“I think it’s ironic that a mayor who ran on transparency is the first mayor -- will be the second one I’ve served under -- to ask me to justify or explain my intention with asking a simple question,” Donelson said.

The email chain continued with Donelson asking if requests should now be sent directly to the mayor and the mayor saying he wanted a better understanding of Donelson’s needs. In a statement, the mayor says he’s been tasked by voters to ensure responsible use of city resources.

Saying in part:

“I am disappointed that Councilmember Donelson hasn’t come to me directly to address his concerns ... I invite Councilmember Donelson to engage with me as well.”