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Only three qualified candidates for Council’s legislative assistant; application period extended

Published: March 26, 2014, 9:34 pm, by Monica Mendoza

Colorado Springs City Council still is accepting applications for a new legislative assistant. The city extended the deadline to apply by one month — to April 27.

The Council’s last assistant, George Culpepper, was fired by Mayor Steve Bach in January.

The job, which pays $3,841-$4,801 per month, was posted Feb. 24 with a March 24 deadline to apply. The last time the council was hiring for this postion, more than 100 people applied. Council president Keith King said there were two application periods last time too.

“This is a very specialized job,” he said.

King said this time around, there appears to only be two or three qualified candidates and that is why the council extended the search. He’s not sure, he said, if candidates were reluctant to apply because the last assistant was fired and the issue was public.

“Whether there was a chilling effect on the applicants, I don’t know,” he said. “It’s highly possible.”

Culpepper believes his firing did affect those who might be interested in applying.

“What do you expect with (Human Resources director) Mike Sullivan’s and (Mayor) Steve Bach’s mismanagement of firing employees,” Culpepper said. “Their actions send a chilling effect on the recruitment of future applicants  who would be highly qualified for any position.”

This is what a legislative assistant would do: 

  • Research and analyze complex policy issues; prepare and present alternatives, legislation, and amendments to legislation to Council members and committees; draft amendments to proposed legislation; and prepare written reports
  • Serve as an advisor to Council members by reviewing and evaluating existing and proposed legislation and make recommendations to shape policies that may have a significant impact on the City’s resources, priorities, and direction
  • Coordinate and participate in Council meetings by overseeing department/agency presentations, obtaining additional information for Council members, and documenting Council direction
  • Review and track requests for legislation
  • Act as a technical expert on the City’s legislative process by providing guidance to Council members and others on legislative processes and procedures
  • Recommend changes in procedures and processes to enhance the functioning of the legislative branch of the City and ensure that Council powers and duties granted are observed according to the Charter
  • Compose technical work products such as Charter amendments, ordinances, and resolutions
  • Proofread and edit the technical works of others

Deadline to apply is April 27.