Nicola Sapp leaves El Paso County with $150,628 settlement


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Nicola Sapp: Served more than 17 years with El Paso County. - COURTESY EL PASO COUNTY
  • Courtesy El Paso County
  • Nicola Sapp: Served more than 17 years with El Paso County.
Longtime budget director for El Paso County Nicola Sapp was paid $150,628 upon her  departure on March 19, according to a "waiver and release" agreement obtained by the Indy through an open records request.

Sapp was promoted in February 2018 to deputy county administrator, the second chair to Henry Yankowski who recently retired. But when the Board of County Commissioners chose Yankowski's replacement, they passed over Sapp and chose County Attorney Amy Folsom earlier this month.

The agreement doesn't say why the county saw fit to pay Sapp, but notes, "Any factual allegations and claims made by RELEASOR [Sapp] regarding the employment separation were and continue to be denied and disputed by RELEASEES [El Paso County]."

Sapp has been a pivotal figure during her tenure with the county, which began in August 2001. She guided the budget through the stormy 2008 recession, oversaw the "strategic moves" initiative that saw the county acquire the massive Citizens Service Center at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road and renovate various other county buildings, assisted the county in responding to the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire and 2013 Black Forest Fire, and handled budgeting for the addition of the sheriff's sales tax approved by voters in 2012 and renewed by voters in 2018. She also served on the El Paso County Retirement Plan board.

The county agreed to pay Sapp as follows:

• $95,456 in severance pay, six months of her salary of $190,912.
• $10,899 in health insurance premiums for six months.
• $9,358 for 101.96 hours of unused sick time.
• $31,557 for 343.82 hours of unused vacation time.
• $3,358 for 36 hours of unused personal time.

Total: $150,628.

The county refused to release Sapp's resignation letter, saying it's protected by the Colorado Open Records Act.

Here's the agreement:

See related PDF SAPP_-_Waiver_and_Info.pdf


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