by Pam Zubeck
Colorado Springs Forward continues to believe that the citizens of Colorado Springs will best be served by CSU being governed by an appointed board, containing board members with expertise and experience in this complex and capital intensive arena. At our next board meeting, led by our new Executive Director Amy Lathen, we will evaluate our options regarding this issue. We believe the Governance Review Process has been a positive undertaking in that it has elevated the importance of CSU governance in the minds of the public and given current board members, as well as our citizens, better insight into how they can improve their performance as board members of CSU. At a minimum, in future City Council elections, we will carefully evaluate candidates qualifications to serve on the Utilities board.Utilities issued this release explaining the vote and what led up to it:
During today's meeting [June 29], the Utilities Board discussed and considered:
Results from a recent telephone town hall meeting and a quantitative survey fielded June 20-22
Authorities for an independent board
The merits of an appointed board
The merits of an elected board
At-large vs. district candidates for an elected board
The work on Utilities governance will continue to for the next several months. For the last year, the Board has been examining Governance Process, which is how the Board accomplishes its work and makes decisions.
The Board is completing a new model for governing Colorado Springs Utilities that includes the Utilities Board's primary duties and responsibilities, Board commitments and procedures, and the Board/CEO partnership.
During today's meeting, the Utilities Board committed to completing the remaining work to be done on the Governance Process model, including Board Instructions to the CEO, Annual Board Performance Evaluation and Board Monitored Results in order to govern Colorado Springs Utilities as efficiently and effectively as possible.
These refinements will be discussed during the already-scheduled July 27 Utilities Board Governance meeting.