Kathryn Young, the Colorado Springs city clerk since 1994 and a city employee for 28 years, announced today (Thursday) that she is retiring, and her last day will be next Thursday, July 28.
Young's tenure as city clerk spanned five mayors (Robert Isaac, Leon Young, Mary Lou Makepeace, Lionel Rivera and Steve Bach). But her future as clerk had appeared to be uncertain after several controversies surrounding the city elections earlier this year, from candidates' fundraising requirements to changing the date when mail ballots would be sent. The concerns led to the secretary of state's office sending someone to monitor the city election and mayoral runoff in April and May.
There was no indication in a news release from the city that Young's retirement was forced, and Bach praised her as "a valued public servant."
The release also indicated that Young's replacement would be hired "in the near future."
Here's the city release in its entirety:
City Clerk Kathryn Young announces retirement
City Clerk Kathryn Young, a City of Colorado Springs employee since 1983, has announced her retirement. Her last day with the City will be July 28, 2011.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to have served this extraordinary organization and its citizens for the past 28 years,” said Young. “While I look forward to enjoying my retirement, I will deeply miss the hardworking and devoted City employees that I have had the utmost pleasure of working with. I am very appreciative of the support received from the many citizens that have crossed my path in this community and throughout the state.”
Young was appointed City Clerk in 1994 and is one of the most well-respected municipal clerks in the state. She was awarded the Colorado Municipal Clerk of the Year award in 2006. Young was elected President of the Colorado Municipal Clerk’s Association in 2009 after serving as Vice President in 2008. She was the recipient of the 2010 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award and was presented the Vernon E. Jordan Community Leadership Award in 2008. Young was the Board Chair for the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region for 2010. She was appointed to the Elections Best Practices and Vision Commission by Secretary of State, Bernie Buescher, on March 19, 2010.
“She’s been a valued public servant for 28 years and we wish her the best in her retirement,” said Mayor Steve Bach.
The City Clerk position is appointed by the Mayor and the new City Clerk will be named in the near future.