More city staff gone
Two senior managers have been kicked off the Colorado Springs payroll in the 11th hour of Steve Bach's tenure as a one-term mayor.
Curt DeCapite, of Procurement Services, worked for the city for more than 30 years. He says in an interview that Chief of Staff Steve Cox told him in late January that he was being ousted because the administration wanted "to go in a different direction."
Cox refused to elaborate on the statement, saying via email that DeCapite retired.
Stuart King, a transportation manager who was hired in November 2012, was listed as an "active employee" in the city's response to an open records request seeking information about his and DeCapite's departures. Yet Cox says King was laid off "as a result of flattening out of Public Works management as recommended by our new Public Works director," Travis Easton. King did not respond to an email seeking comment.
Neither DeCapite nor King received severance pay. DeCapite's annual pay was $101,305, and King's, $121,128.
Meantime, two workers in traffic engineering did receive severance pay recently in a reduction in force. They were paid a combined $16,085, bringing the total to 87 workers paid $1,677,104 to leave since Bach took office in June 2011, according to city records. — PZ
Lamborn amends reports
It's a good day for journalism when an elected official follows the rules after a news organization points out non-compliance.
That's what happened Jan. 31 when Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, filed several amended Federal Election Commission reports showing his $100,000 loan to his campaign last year was interest-bearing, whereas he'd previously reported it as zero-interest.
He also filed a report with the Federal Election Commission on Feb. 10 and attached the loan document.
Lamborn reported in an FEC filing Dec. 4 that he paid himself $2,772 in interest on the loan on Nov. 24 ("Oh, you shouldn't have," News, Dec. 31.) Lamborn had previously reported to the FEC, in an April 15 filing, that it was a no-interest loan.
According to the FEC's Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and Committees, "The candidate may loan personal funds to the committee and may charge interest at a commercially reasonable rate, provided the committee reports the loan and the interest rate from the outset."
To fix the problem, Lamborn filed several reports to correct previous filings, saying most recently that the loan originally was to bear interest at 4 percent a year. — PZ