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CEO changes at Penrose and Utilities, Airport sees increase in passengers, road repairs fund bolstered, and more news for the record



• After repairs of a mechanical issue and a water slide, the Memorial Park Family Center YMCA indoor pool reopened on Aug. 22 after closing July 10 due to flooding in the control room. Meantime, the Beach House at Prospect Lake nearby will get a $700,000 renovation, thanks to a Great Outdoors Colorado grant. Construction begins this fall with a summer 2019 opening planned. Too, the Eastside YMCA broke ground on its newest location at 3035 New Center Point.

• Brian Erling has been selected as the CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services after serving as the interim CEO since March when Margaret Sabin left the post. Erling is a medical doctor with a master's degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.

Former Utilities CEO Jerry Forte retired in May. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Former Utilities CEO Jerry Forte retired in May.

• All three finalists for the Colorado Springs Utilities CEO job come from the power sector. They are Utilities general manager of power supply Aram Benyamin; Mark Gabriel, administrator and CEO of the Western Area Power Administration; and Utilities acting CEO and energy services chief Eric Tharp. One will be selected next month to succeed Jerry Forte, who served as CEO for 12 1/2 years.

• Colorado Springs Airport reported 1,028,007 passengers through July, a 15.7 percent increase over the same period in 2017.

• Colorado Springs reported 2C road tax revenues totaled $21.3 million for the first half of the year, compared to $20.2 million in the first half of last year. The five-year program, which began in 2016 after voter approval, aims to pave 695 lane miles by the end of this paving season.

• Maile Foster, a small-business owner, has made the Nov. 6 ballot as an independent candidate in House District 18.

• Meredith Ann Patrick Cord and Dulce Denise Peacock have been appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the El Paso County Court in the Fourth Judicial District, effective Jan. 7. They fill vacancies created by resignations of Regina Walter and Stephen Sletta.


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