Bigelow was placed on administrative leave shortly after forwarding an e-mail chain to City Councilors concerning separation of powers — an e-mail the mayor has been very clear he was not ready to share. Bigelow had also recently been criticized by the mayor for a misunderstanding over merit increases in the budget that left the mayor embarrassed.
City Chief of Staff Laura Neumann, however, insisted it was her decision to put Bigelow on leave, and that the the e-mail was not a factor.
Bigelow had been with the city since the mid-1990s. The official word is that she retired.
City Budget Director retires
Lisa Bigelow, Budget Director for the City of Colorado Springs, has retired from her position.
Bigelow has been with the City for seventeen years. “Lisa’s contributions and expertise stand on their own merit and will be missed, “said Chief of Staff Laura Neumann. Bigelow will receive a six-month severance package as consideration for her seventeen plus years with the City of Colorado Springs. Bigelow’s retirement is official March 2, 2012.