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My mother (and yours, perhaps?), always used to say, "Don't just complain, do something about it!"

It is in that spirit that I bring you the following two press releases from the city. Sick of city government? Think they can't do anything right? Why not give it a whirl yourself?

While neither the City Planning Commission nor the Civil Service Commission has absolute power over the city, they certainly have a lot of influence over things that matter, like how our city is developed and how our cops are punished for misconduct. In other words, this is important stuff.

By the way, unless the city legal department has a sudden change of heart, boards and commissions that aren't state-based are appointed by City Council. So for these positions, you'd need to impress a majority of Councilors, but not the mayor.

Good luck!

Volunteer to serve on the City Planning Commission

The City of Colorado Springs is now accepting applications to serve on the City Planning Commission.

The City Planning Commission is a nine-member body appointed by City Council to review various development applications and proposals. Some applications are decided at this level while others proceed onto City Council for final approval. Planning Commission formal meetings take place on the third Thursday of each month at the Pikes Peak Regional Development Center. The meetings start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until all items are heard. Planning Commission also meets the second Thursday of each month for an informal meeting, which lasts approximately 2 hours.

Send letters of interest and resumes before Friday, March 16, 2012 to mdevine@springsgov.com or mail to City Council; Attention Marti Devine Sletta; P.O. Box 1575; Colorado Springs, CO 80901.

Or, fill out the Application for Appointment to a City Board, Committee or Commission, which can be found at www.SpringsGov.com by clicking on “Commissions and Committees” on the homepage. (The application cannot be submitted online at this time. Please send to the e-mail or physical address above.) For questions or more information, please call (719) 385-5453.

City of Colorado Springs seeks volunteer to serve on Civil Service Commission


The City of Colorado Springs is now accepting applications to fill one vacancy on the Civil Service Commission.

The Civil Service Commission administers the rules for the City's police and fire departments governing the classification, employment, promotion, discipline, and conduct of the City's civil service employees. As deemed necessary, the Civil Service Commission develops and recommends changes to the rules to City Council. Meetings take place the first Tuesday of every other month at 8:30 a.m.

Send letters of interest and resumes before Friday, March 16, 2012 to mdevine@springsgov.com or mail to City Council; Attention Marti Devine Sletta; P.O. Box 1575; Colorado Springs, CO 80901.

Or, fill out the Application for Appointment to a City Board, Committee or Commission, which can be found at www.SpringsGov.com by clicking on “Commissions and Committees” on the homepage. (The application cannot be submitted online at this time. Please send to the e-mail or physical address above.) For questions or more information, please call (719) 385-5453.

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