City Council liaison out after 6 days; fired by Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach

January 10, 2014

It was a short-lived job for George Culpepper,  legislative liaison to the Colorado Springs City Council. He started Jan. 2 working for the City Council. His job was to research issues for the council to help them formulate council’s proposed policies..

It seems that Culpepper was fired Thursday by Mayor Steve Bach. He was making calls about marijuana in preparation for the council’s Jan. 28 meeting, where members are expected to talk about whether the city should ban smoking pot in public areas.

Four city council members met Thursday morning at the City Administration Building with the mayor’s chief of staff, Laura Neumann, to discuss the “personnel issue.” Council president Keith King said the four council members were told by the interim city attorney Wynetta Massey that they were not violating the open meeting law because they were talking about a personnel issue, he said.

Council immediately called a special meeting for 1 p.m. Friday to further discuss the issue. One question they might have: can the mayor fire the council’s legislative liaison?

Council members are the ones who reviewed the 50 plus applications for the post, which reports directly to them.

King said Thursday, after the meeting with the chief of staff that he did not want to talk about the issue or why Culpepper was fired until the Friday meeting. He wouldn’t say if the meeting would be held in the open or if the council would retreat behind closed doors.

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