Green Mountain Falls Mayor Lorrie Worthey announced via Facebook.com on Monday night that she will seek re-election when voters go to the polls in April.
Worthey took office in spring of 2012, shortly before the Waldo Canyon Fire ravaged the mountains west of Colorado Springs. The town of about 800 people south of U.S. Highway 24 had to be totally evacuated as the forest burned to the north of the roadway. Worthey, who had not held public office previously, literally had to learn public leadership by fire.
More recently, Worthey has been part of a power struggle with the town trustees that led to a recall campaign. The effort to recall multiple trustees, spearheaded by a group of concerned citizens, began last summer and could eventually lead to a recall election. There will be a discussion at tonight’s (Tuesday, Jan. 21) town trustees meeting about the potential recall and how the city will proceed, according to the agenda. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Worthey has pushed for a more transparent system in the western El Paso County town, creating a mayor’s blog, revamping the town website and pushing for social media and online broadcasts of the trustees meetings.