Councilman Pico parts ways with Serco

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Pico: Available for hire.
  • Pico: Available for hire.
Colorado Springs City Councilor Andy Pico has parted ways with Serco, the giant United Kingdom-based contractor that takes over the city's fleet operation next month.

You might recall that Pico was the subject of an Ethics Commission investigation about what actions he could take involving Serco, due to his being a part-timer with the company. Actually, he worked under contract.

Well, none of that matters now, because Pico said he bid the company adieu last month for reasons not related to the ethics matter. He said he simply hadn't done much work for Serco this year, so he decided to become a free agent of sorts.

So now the retired Naval commander with 21 years active duty as a Naval flight officer is available as a consultant to whomever wants to hire him, he says.

Pico was elected last April to represent District 6, which covers the northeast and eastern sides of the city.

Speaking of the city's $35 million fleet contract, Tim Neun, a spokesman for Serco, says not all of the city's 57 fleet employees will be sent packing. In a statement that came to us via the city communications office, Neun says:

Following the award to deliver fleet management and maintenance support to the City of Colorado Springs, Serco expects to fill approximately 50 positions. All qualified personnel currently working for the City were given first right of refusal for their position, and so far over 80% of them have accepted our job offers. 

The city's Human Resources Department adds:

There are 4 City employees associated with Fleet who will remain with the City to ensure a successful contract transition- and on-going contract management. The Gazette reported that all fleet employees were hired by Serco, this isn't true. Most employees were hired, but not all. 

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