This story has been updated to show the Gazette's salary citation pertained to Cindy Aubrey's city job, not her new position at United Way.
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City Communications Director Cindy Aubrey
is bailing from her job as Mayor Steve Bach
's mouthpiece four months before Bach will leave office after serving one term. Bach isn't seeking re-election, and the communications director is a patronage appointment that the new mayor will be making, along with several
Aubrey surveys damage during a media tour of the Mountain Shadows area that lost 347 homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012.
Aubrey, former news director at KOAA-TV
, has accepted a job at Pikes Peak United Way
as senior vice president of marketing.
United Way didn't disclose her pay but the Gazette reported her annual salary at the city ranges
would be from $103,000 to $130,000
. She is being paid $114,127
a year at the city, which is 20 percent more than her starting salary when she was hired in July 2011 at $95,000
Anyway, perhaps the marketing job is a better fit for Aubrey, who riled up journalists with her obstructionist ways, as we reported here
. She also fired some good people, which we reported here
But while she isn't a White Knight with journalists, Aubrey took care of her boss. She became a master at doling out press releases
to promote and exalt Bach. To wit, repeated reminders of his Spirit of the Springs Awards
, a tactic conjured by Bach and his staff to generate news releases and promotional appearances around town to acknowledge outstanding accomplishments of individuals and groups.
Here's part of the United Way's effusive announcement of Aubrey's hiring:
Aubrey is currently serving as Chief Communications Officer for the City of Colorado Springs, where she has been employed since July 2011. During her four-year tenure, she has been instrumental in the creation of the City’s crisis communication unit; revived the marketing efforts for the Airport; led the communications strategies during the Waldo Canyon Fire; oversaw the conversion of Springs TV to a digital format; and developed an effective community engagement program, which included town hall meetings, monthly media briefings, neighborhood gatherings and community forums in order to connect local
residents with important City issues on a timely basis.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Aubrey served as creative director for KXRM and later KOAA, where she assumed the position of news director from 2002-20011, accruing numerous local, regional and national awards.
“We at Pikes Peak United Way are extremely excited to have Cindy join our senior team, “ says [United Way president and CEO Jason] Wood. “Her expertise in media and marketing, combined with her passion for education, will bring much to Pikes Peak United as we embark on the action phase of our new Cradle to Career Initiative, which was introduced this year. I couldn’t be more pleased.”
Aubrey will assume her position at Pikes Peak United Way on February 2, working alongside Vicki Dimond until her retirement later this spring.
A city spokesperson says Aubrey will not be replaced until a new mayor takes office and that communications work will be handled by existing staff.