A little more information has trickled in from the city communications office.
Like departments city-wide, the Communication department was tasked with a thorough review of all processes and services with a focus on efficiency and optimization. During this review two positions were identified for elimination. We notified the two individuals in those positions on March 16. No severance packages have been executed. The City is in the process of moving forward with these reductions and wish to recognize and thank the two impacted individuals for their years of dedicated service.
Bill Beagle annual salary - $60,094.67
John Leavitt annual salary - $70,467.71
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We just got this message from Cindy Aubrey, head of city communications. It doesn't answer all our questions, so we'll be back with more information as soon as it's available.
Dear Members of the Media,
I wanted to let you know of some reductions we have made in our Communications Department effective March 16, 2012. As part of the organization-wide efforts to pursue efficiencies wherever possible, we eliminated two positions. Bill Beagle and John Leavitt are unfortunately no longer a part of our department. I want to stress that these were budgetary, not performance, decisions. We wish John and Bill the best in their future endeavors. If you have any pending requests with either Bill or John, please let me know and I will make sure they are completed.
Chief Communications Officer
The Colorado Springs city government, which hasn't exactly been getting backslaps from the media for its transparency, has apparently decided that it has too many communications staff.
John Leavitt, the main point of contact on city government questions, was apparently let go on Friday. His LinkedIn account notes that his employment with the city ended this month, and he posted a note Sunday on Facebook saying he was available for interviews with any interested employers.
The Indy has also confirmed that Bill Beagle, who ran the city's SpringsTV service, was let go on Friday.
Both Leavitt and Beagle worked for the city for seven years.
Word on the street is that the two were let go due to "budget cuts" — an odd scenario given that the mayor has added to administrative staff, and to the communications department, as of late.
City communications head Cindy Aubrey said she'd be in touch later today with details. We'll update this post when we know more.