Colorado Springs Utilities Board will now be headed by Council member Merv Bennett.

The board, which is the City Council, voted Wednesday to make the change to the board's by-laws that says the City Council president does not automatically become the board chairman.

Council President Keith King, who has been chairing the Utilities board since he took office last April, said the council wanted to divide the duties because Colorado Springs Utilities has a $1.1 billion annual budget while the city has a more than $400 million budget.

"It would be beneficial to have one focused on the council and one on utilities," he said.

Bennett was named Utilities Board chairman in 6-2 vote, with one council member absent. King passed the gavel to Bennett and he ran the rest of the meeting.