UPDATE: Your chance to bicker, I mean, legislate

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UPDATE:

Council staff notifies us there are a few changes in what the Council is looking for. Specifically, a new question has been added, as follows: Briefly, what are your thoughts the City for Champions projects and their potential impact on economic growth and jobs in the City of Colorado Springs?

Also, Besides describing what attributes you bring to the position that will help City Council serve the community, members want to know if you are able to devote the time required to be an effective Councilmember?

In addition, the question about recreational marijuana should have asked for a stance on "retail" recreational marijuana.

Lastly, here's the directive on how to apply:
To apply, please email your cover letter, resume and answers to the aforementioned questions to Eileen Lynch Gonzalez, City Council Administrator, at egonzalez@springsgov.com. You may also drop it off in person or mail it to City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 300, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80901.
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UPDATE:

We just got word from Colorado Springs Forward's director John Cassiani elaborating on its search for a candidate for appointment. He says in an email:
CSF is looking for a candidate to fill Joel Miller's seat and will make a recommendation to City Council, but it is Council's decision of whom to appoint. We will be looking for someone who does not have his or her own personal agenda, and would be a reasonable Council member who would not be divisive, but collaborative, and would listen to input from the community and from his or her peers on Council. It would be important that this person understands economic development and what it might take to get our economy
growing again, and making decisions and voting on Council to consistently support what is in the best interest of Colorado Springs.


————————————ORIGINAL POST: WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26, 2014, 9:37 A.M.——————————————————-
The sudden resignation of Joel MIller from Colorado Springs City Council on Monday throws open a seat on the nine-member board that will be filled with an interim appointment.

So if sitting through long meetings, wading through piles of paperwork and juggling hundreds of phone calls and emails from constituents is your idea of a good time, here's your chance to serve. Oh, and you'll be paid a mere $6,250 a year for those efforts, so it helps if you're well-heeled or have a working spouse or are retired. Time commitment is said to be up to 35 hours a week for meetings and meeting preparation alone, according to a city news release.

And where you stand on recreational marijuana sales within the city also could determine your chances. More on that below.

Miller represented District 2, which covers the northern part of the city.

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The City Charter requires Council to appoint within 30 days a person who's 25 or older, a U.S. citizen and a Springs registered voter. The appointee must live within District 2 and within the city for one year before the date of appointment.

Whoever is appointed — we heard Colorado Springs Forward is rustling up a candidate — will serve until the April 7 city election at which time voters will choose someone to fill the remaining two years of Miller's term.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Council by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8. Interviews will be conducted the week of Dec. 15, with an appointment made by Dec. 23.

A news release from Council gives this guidance to applicants:
Applications must address, at a minimum, the following issues:
· Are you able to devote the time required to be an effective Councilmember?
· As a member of the Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors, how would you balance varying priorities, including rates, reliability and customer service?
· How would you propose to address the City’s outstanding stormwater and other capital infrastructure needs?
· Please share your perspective on the issue of recreational marijuana in the City of Colorado Springs.
· Please share your perspective on the roles of City Council and the Mayor under the City’s Council-Mayor form of government.
· What are some important issues facing District 2 and how would you propose to address them?
· What are your thoughts on how the City Council might encourage job growth in the City of Colorado Springs?
· What attributes do you bring to the position that will help City Council serve the community?

To apply, please email your application to Eileen Lynch Gonzalez, City Council Administrator, at egonzalez@springsgov.com. You may also drop it off in person or mail it to City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 300, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80901.

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