With County Administrator Jeff Greene leaving to take the position of city chief of staff
, the Board of County Commissioners will consider hiring Pikes Peak Regional Building Department CEO Henry Yankowski
to serve as interim El Paso County administrator on Thursday.
Yankowski started his career as a land surveyor, and built a few homes in the 1980s. Before coming the Springs, he was the director of land development for Chattanooga, Tennessee. Before that, he held several similar and related positions across the country, mostly in the South. He has been in his current position nearly nine years.
Yankowski says he's ready to spread his wings a bit, and learn about other parts of county government.
“I always had a desire to be a city manager or county administrator, but the opportunity never came up,” he says.
Yankowski says he likes the idea of working in local government because it's "closest to the citizens.” He says that the county commissioners don't seem interested in a change agent, preferring someone who can provide a smooth transition. Yankowski says he trusts the existing county staff and feels confident he can provide stability.
The salary for Yankowski, should he be approved to the position, has not yet been set. But he currently makes about $154,000 a year. Greene's salary as county administrator is $146,393.
Regional Building Executive to be Considered for Interim County Administrator
El Paso County, CO, May 28, 2015 – On the regularly scheduled Board of County Commissioners meeting agenda for Thursday June 4, 2015 the Board will consider the appointment of Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD) CEO Henry Yankowski to serve as interim El Paso County Administrator. If approved by the Board at that time, Mr. Yankowski will assume the duties of County Administrator when Jeff Greene leaves the County next month to begin his service as Chief of Staff for newly elected Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.
The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department administers and enforces building codes, provides required building plan reviews, permits and inspections and serves as the regional flood plain administrator. It was created Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the El Paso County and the City of Colorado Springs in 1966 with the Cities of Fountain, Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs, Monument and Palmer Lake joining later. Oversight of PPRBD is provided by a three-person Regional Building Commission with one member appointed from the Board of County Commissioners, one from Colorado Springs City Council and a third from one of the smaller municipalities.
If the appointment is approved by Commissioners during their June 4 meeting, Mr. Yankowski will continue to be available to Regional Building for regular consultation and guidance as he assumes the responsibilities of County Administrator.
“Henry has done a great job with the introduction of new technology that improves efficiency and provides exceptional customer service,” said Commissioner Chair Dennis Hisey who serves as the County’s representative on the Regional Building Commission. “He is a problem solver, an innovator and a collaborator, plus he brings to the table a good deal of experience in community planning, infrastructure and public finance so I really appreciate his willingness to step in and help us to keep things running smoothly at the County as Jeff Greene moves over to the City.”