by Pam Zubeck
Colorado Springs City Council has hired Eileen Lynch Gonzalez as its administrator, replacing Aimee Cox, who took a job in May with Mayor Steve Bach's economic vitality effort.
Gonzalez is business administrator for the El Paso County Emergency Services Agency, which is adrift after Bach decided to pull the city out of the agency and competitively bid emergency ambulance service for the city by itself. It's caused the ESA to wonder about its future, and how it will provide service in the areas outside the city.
Gonzalez now takes on the task of working in a highly charged political atmosphere, although she's gotten a taste of that amid the ESA turmoil. For what it's worth, I can say from personal experience that Gonzalez has been more than responsive to media and public requests for information about the ESA, and seemed to always be on top of the ESA's workload, including assessment of contract compliance by the provider, American Medical Response.
She starts August 13 at an annual salary of $85,200, slightly more than Cox was paid ($81,000) when she took Bach's offer of $90,000.
From the news release:
“We sought someone who could start strong, support the ‘strong council’ concept and who would work for all of council equally. After reviewing more than 140 applications and conducting interviews, we knew Eileen is all of that and more. We are pleased to have her join our senior leadership team,” said Council President Keith King.
During her tenure with ESA, Gonzalez was responsible for the fiscal management of their $300,000 annual budget and the ESA’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Grant Program which provided more than $60,000 in grants to EMS agencies each year.
“I look forward to working with Eileen,” said City Auditor Denny Nester, “she is a highly experienced, respected and successful administrator.”
Prior to joining council staff, Gonzalez worked as the principal human resources analyst/recruiter for the City; as a human resources consultant in the private sector; as a policy analyst for the Texas Legislative Council and as a research specialist/director for Regulatory and Administrative Operations for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
“I’m honored to have been selected by City Council to serve as their administrator during this important time in the evolution of the City’s new form of government,” said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez received her Master of Business Administration and bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.