by Ralph Routon
The rumors and speculation about Patricia Kelly's future as the Colorado Springs city attorney can end now.
Kelly, who has served as city attorney since the mid-1990s, informed Mayor Steve Bach on Friday that she will retire, as of Sept. 30. She has worked for the city more than 25 years, having also served as a counsel for Colorado Springs Utilities.
Kelly has supervised the city's legal operation of about 30 attorneys and 27 support employees, also serving as legal advisor for the city government, Utilities, Memorial Health System and all other city commissions and boards.
However, Kelly had come under fire for her role in the city's troubles with the 2011 municipal election. More recently, she had created more tension between herself and Bach by proposing City Charter amendments to the City Council for the upcoming November ballot specifically reducing some of the mayor's powers as granted by the strong-mayor form of government approved last year by voters.
Following is the short release from the mayor's office:
City announces Patricia K. Kelly will retire
The City of Colorado Springs announces that Patricia K. Kelly has decided to retire from her position as City Attorney, effective September 30, 2011. Mayor Steve Bach recognizes Ms. Kelly for over 25 years of dedicated service to the City and Ms. Kelly extends her best wishes to the Mayor, the City Council, and all employees of the City municipal government, Colorado Springs Utilities, and Memorial Health System. Mayor Bach expects to appoint Ms. Kelly’s replacement in the near future.