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Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Colorado Springs is a city in Colorado. It is the county seat of El Paso County.

Elected Officials

Colorado Springs, CO is governed under a mayor-council form of government. This means that the mayor serves as the city's chief executive and the city council acts as the legislative branch. The Mayor is not technically a member of the city council, but he or she can participate in meetings.

City council

The council approves and sets policies, budgets, and passes ordinances to govern the city. In Colorado Springs, the city council consists of nine members who are elected for four-year terms. Five of these are elected by the city at large, and four are representatives of four equally-populated districts. Council members elect a president to conduct meetings and a president pro-tempore to fill the president's duties if s/he cannot perform them.[1]

Elections are held on the first Tuesday in April on odd-numbered years.


The mayor of Colorado Springs represents the city on state and national levels. He is authorized to sign all legal documents on behalf of the city. The mayor also appoints department directors with the exception of the city auditor and executive director of Colorado Springs utilities.


  • City Council members are provided an annual stipend of $6250.[1]

Information on the mayor's salary or any administrative officials salaries are unavailable or difficult to locate. See also: Colorado salaries


2009 Actual 2010 Actual 2011 Budget 2012 Budget
City Council
Salaries/Benefits $64,479 $246,670 $242,492 $344,712
Operating 36,335 31,926 63,439 104,964
Capital 0 0 0 0
Total $100,814 $278,596 $305,931 $449,676
Mayor’s Office (2009-2011 is City Manager’s Office)
Salaries/Benefits $909,344 $587,083 $451,489 $550,062
Operating 32,060 18,222 49,560 73,850
Capital 0 0 0 0
Total $941,404 $605,305 $501,049 $623,912
Salaries/Benefits $607,890 $462,293 $776,413 $659,262
Operating 23,637 6,990 44,150 47,151
Capital 0 0 0 0
Total $631,527 $469,283 $820,563 $706,413
City Attorney
Salaries/Benefits $3,134,263 $2,623,520 $3,371,278 $3,198,319
Operating 115,806 102,342 148,499 137,344
Capital 0 0 0 0
Total $3,250,069 $2,725,862 $3,519,777 $3,335,663
City Auditor
Salaries/Benefits $1,268,892 $988,182 $1,486,106 $1,534,618
Operating 48,613 39,991 54,048 67,679
Capital 0 0 0 0
Total $1,317,505 $1,028,173 $1,540,154 $1,602,297
City Clerk
Salaries/Benefits $565,293 $569,152 $632,471 $619,868
Operating 81,880 52,792 85,200 68,631
Capital 11,741 1,317 300 350
Total $658,914 $623,261 $717,971 $688,849

Public records & Transparency

Colorado citizens are guaranteed access to public records through the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA). Citizens can submit records requests and governments are required to respond within three business days. If the record is available electronically, it will be provided. If a hard copy is required, the citizen must pay $.25 per page.[2].

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Colorado city websites

Elected Officials
Administrative Officials N
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Permits, zoning
Lobbying N
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Public Records N
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Local Taxes

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget information for 2012 and previous years are available.[3]
  • Meeting minutes[4] and agendas[5] are available online.
  • Contact information for the city council[6] and the mayor[7] are listed.
  • Zoning guidelines[8] and information on how to obtain a building permit[9] are available.
  • Audit reports are available from 2006[10]
  • A list of city contracts is posted[11].
  • A tax guideline is provided online.[12]

The bad

  • Though department information is listed, direct contact information is not available for city administrative officials.
  • Though the city does partake in intergovernmental lobbying, a code of ethics or rules for such are not posted.
  • There is no name or direct contact information listed for the city clerk, who holds public records.

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