Colorado Springs City Council Administrator Aimee Cox, who guided the council during a tumultuous transition to a new form of government, is going to work for the mayor.
Cox submitted a letter of resignation to council at 5:42 p.m. Friday, saying she had accepted a position as senior economic vitality specialist for Mayor Steve Bach.
Her resignation is effective June 15.
"The position I accepted sings to my passion for serving people and for building vibrant places and will utilize my skills in project management and resource development in exciting and challenging ways," Cox said in the letter to council.
Cox, a former Manitou Springs city councilwoman who has worked for the city of Colorado Springs about 11 years, did not return messages seeking comment.
City Councilwoman Jill Gaebler said she was "very sad" to lose Cox, who went to work for council in June 2011 to be a liaison between council members and city staff after a breakdown in communication. Since then, she has taken a much more active role, becoming a council advocate and championing its causes.
"The woman is so knowledgeable. She knows so much about the city. She knows everything about the city code and our ordinances. I mean, the woman is just a walking encyclopedia," Gaebler said.
"It's not good for council, especially having six new members who are flailing to understand the inner workings on city government," she added.
Councilman Don Knight, who was out of town, said the resignation was news to him.
"You're catching me cold," he said in a voice mail message.
Council President Keith King called Cox a "great lady" with "a lot of talents and abilities" who was offered a great opportunity to work in the mayor's office.
"These kinds of things happen," he said. "The council will be in good hands."
King said the council, which has a small number of employees, may want to look at all job descriptions and determine if there's a better way for staff to serve it. For example, he said he expects the nine-member council, which includes six new members, to bring more policy ideas forward than the previous council.
"We might want somebody to help us do research on policy and do some of the things we want to initiate on council," he said.
King said he didn't think the city had posted the position.
"I wish I knew all the nuances of how everything happens in hiring and all the multitude of categories and whether they have to post or don't post," he said.
A city spokeswoman said she didn't have any information about the hire and couldn't reach Cindy Aubrey, the city's chief communications officer.
Gaebler said she believes the mayor's office recruited Cox.
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