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Retired Air Force officer appointed to City Council's District 2, will serve 4 months

December 16, 2014 Updated: December 16, 2014 at 5:15 am
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photo - Larry Bagley, a retired U.S. Air Force officer, was appointed to the City Council Monday. Bagley, 71, will fill the seat temporarily until residents in District 2 can vote on a new council member. The seat was vacated in November by Joel Miller, who saide he intends to run for mayor in April 2015.
Larry Bagley, a retired U.S. Air Force officer, was appointed to the City Council Monday. Bagley, 71, will fill the seat temporarily until residents in District 2 can vote on a new council member. The seat was vacated in November by Joel Miller, who saide he intends to run for mayor in April 2015. 

Larry Bagley, a retired Air Force officer, likes the City for Champions proposal, believes a stormwater funding plan needs to be developed soon and does not want recreational marijuana sales in Colorado Springs.

Bagley was appointed by City Council on Monday to temporarily fill the District 2 council seat vacated by Joel Miller.

Bagley, 71, will be sworn in at 10 a.m. Thursday in City Hall. His four-month tour of duty will include key votes coming as soon as January on proposed ballot questions on the City for Champions sports and event center, the city budget, council authority for hiring and whether to advance Mayor Steve Bach's bond proposal to pay for capital improvement projects. Bagley could find himself as the tiebreaker on a very often split council.

Bagley, who has lived in District 2 since 1992, said now that he is retired from the Air Force and government contracting he has the time it will take to dive into the issues.

"I'm going to be focused on District (2), getting to know the neighborhood, who the people are, stormwater, the strong mayor competition and the budget," Bagley said immediately after his appointment.

Bagley will serve on the council until April, when residents in District 2 will vote on its new council representative. Miller, who was elected to a four-year term in April 2013, resigned his seat to run for mayor in the April city election.

Ten people applied for the temporary council position. The candidates were asked seven questions as part of their applications, including their views on City for Champions, stormwater needs and funding, Colorado Springs Utilities rates and reliability, the council-mayor form of government and retail recreational marijuana sales. All of the candidates spoke to the City Council on Monday, and each was asked three or four questions.

The council took a straw vote, named the top three candidates, and then voted on their final candidate. Bagley was endorsed by six council members, with council president Keith King and Councilwoman Helen Collins voting no.

Bagley said he is enthusiastic about the City for Champions project but wants to see more details.

"We need to solve our disagreements on City for Champions and then start moving forward," he told the council Monday.

He said in his application that the stormwater issue must be addressed aggressively, and he worries that a lack of stormwater funding plan could adversely affect the Southern Delivery System, a 50-mile pipeline from Pueblo Reservoir to Colorado Springs that is under construction.

"I have been very fortunate and consider it a privilege to live in Colorado Springs," Bagley wrote in his application to City Council. "I want to 'pay back' to the community and have tried to do so in volunteer work. I want to take the next step as a citizen and make a contribution to the continued success and quality of life in Colorado Springs."

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Contact Monica Mendoza: 636-0187

Twitter @Mendo1987

blog, City Hallways

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