Culpepper: Still looking.
If you're interested in the job from which George Culpepper
was fired by Mayor Steve Bach
, it's now posted
On Jan. 9, Bach fired Culpepper, who was serving as legislative liaison
for City Council
, after he contacted Alaska Airlines
to get their take on allowing passengers carrying marijuana on flights.
Bach's action stirred criticism from Council members, who were outraged that Bach can get rid of an employee they took weeks, or even months, to select.
The City Charter
gives Bach authority over all city workers, except the city auditor and Colorado Springs Utilities CEO.
Culpepper, meantime, remains unemployed, after city officials initially indicated he would be given a modest severance package but then never came through with one after Bach said there would be no severance pay. (Bach has shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars getting rid of city employees.)
"I'm doing okay," Culpepper tells us on the phone. "We had to pull our kids out of daycare just to save money. I've been trying to go down every road I can" to look for a job.
Referring to the job posting, he said, "I don't know how people can sit there and interview knowing that the person chosen could go down the same path that I did. If you look at the job description, I was doing my job. They're going to have a hard time getting candidates."
The job pays $3,841 to $4,801
a month, and applications are due March 24. Here are some job duties:
—Research and analyze complex policy issues; prepare and present alternatives, legislation, and amendments to legislation to Council members and committees; draft amendments to proposed legislation; and prepare written reports
—Serve as an advisor to Council members by reviewing and evaluating existing and proposed legislation and make recommendations to shape policies that may have a significant impact on the City’s resources, priorities, and direction
—Coordinate and participate in Council meetings by overseeing department/agency presentations, obtaining additional information for Council members, and documenting Council direction
—Review and track requests for legislation
—Act as a technical expert on the City’s legislative process by providing guidance to Council members and others on legislative processes and procedures
—Recommend changes in procedures and processes to enhance the functioning of the legislative branch of the City and ensure that Council powers and duties granted are observed according to the Charter
— Compose technical work products such as Charter amendments, ordinances, and resolutions
Proofread and edit the technical works of others