City attorney: On the run and winning awards

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Wynetta Massey, who's been city attorney for Colorado Springs for less than a year, has been declared the Outstanding City Attorney of the Year by the Metro City Attorneys Association.

Named city attorney upon the departure of Chris Melcher in January, Massey received the award Tuesday at an association holiday dinner in Denver.

We know she's busy. She must keep Mayor Steve Bach happy, because he can fire her, but she also has to placate the City Council, which sets her pay. But Council, judging from discussion at its meeting on Tuesday, is on the verge of going to court over opinions issued by her office regarding Council and mayoral powers. The mayor always trumps the Council, it seems.

Massey: On the job with sensible shoes. - PAM ZUBECK
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  • Massey: On the job with sensible shoes.
Anyway, Massey's so busy that she sometimes wears tennies to keep up the pace, as demonstrated at right, at a hearing about a proposed ballot measure held at the City Administration Building a couple of months ago.
 
From the city's news release:
“Wynetta’s dedication to serving our citizens and her outstanding leadership make her worthy of this prestigious award. Her tremendous institutional knowledge and decades of municipal government experience make her a valuable member of our City staff. She is a true professional and we are glad to see Wynetta recognized throughout Colorado for her contributions to our community,” said Mayor Steve Bach.

City Attorney’s Office staff nominated her for the 2014 award because of her exemplary professionalism, ethical standards, and demonstrated leadership which have served as an inspiration for the City Attorney’s Office staff and the rest of the municipal government and its enterprises. During the year, Ms. Massey spearheaded the development and implementation of an office-wide ethics policy to guide attorneys through the challenges of representing municipal government client representatives, producing a model policy that will benefit other communities throughout the state. Ms. Massey has also given back to the municipal legal profession throughout the State of Colorado over the past year as a presenter in multiple seminars on ethics and leadership in the legal profession.

Colorado Municipal League Attorney Rachel Allen stated, “Wynetta Massey is an outstanding role model for attorneys, especially those serving in the public sector. Wynetta goes beyond the call of duty to provide support and assistance to the City of Colorado Springs and others across the state. Ms. Massey shares her expertise in a way that educates and inspires Colorado’s municipal attorneys to provide a high level of service, integrity, and professionalism to their cities and towns.”

Massey served as Vice President of the Metro City Attorney’s Association for 2014. The Metro City Attorney’s Association is an organization consisting of municipal attorneys, both public and private, practicing law along the Colorado Front Range. Nominations for the annual awards were open to municipal attorneys statewide through the Colorado Municipal League.

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