El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen resigning

 Amy Lathen / Credit: El Paso County
Amy Lathen / Credit: El Paso County (KKTV)
Published: May. 19, 2016 at 4:12 PM MDT
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Amy Lathen, the chair of El Paso County's Board of County Commissioners, announced Thursday afternoon that she will end her final term in office six months early to take the reins as executive director of Colorado Springs Forward.

The nonprofit that was formed by a group of community leaders in 2014 to "re-establish Colorado Springs as the most inviting and respected city in which to live, work and play," approached the commissioner in March and offered her the job.

"I was surprised," Lathen said. "I was excited and very intrigued."

The term-limited Lathen would have stepped down at the end of 2016. When asked about the timing of her early resignation after 8½ years as a county commissioner, Lathen said, "There's a lot of work to do."

"I did ask, 'Can we wait until January?'" she said. "And the answer was no."

Lynette Crow-Iverson, chairwoman of the Springs Forward board of directors, said the group initially had considered hiring an executive director in April 2015 and instead hired William Mutch as its policy director. The board revisited the issue in January during a strategic planning retreat and determined that it needed a full-time executive director to fulfill its mission and two months later identified Lathen as its preferred candidate.