Mar 30, 2010 9:45 PM by News First 5

Group wants mayor to have more power

A local group wants to change the way the Colorado Springs city government works. 

"The system is broken as we see it," said Mary Ellen McNally, a former city councilman who is one of three chairs of the Citizens for Accountable Leadership.

"We have to have the citizenry have more confidence in our government," she said.

The group thinks a mayor-council form of government will help.  It gives the mayor more power to appoint department heads and hire and fire people, which they believe creates more accountability.

"We need a better system of checks and balances, like we have in the United States government, where the leader is responsible to the voters," she said.

Currently, the Springs city council elects a city manager to oversee everything.  It's called a council-manager form of government.  Under the mayor-council form, the city manager position would be cut.

The other two chairs are former State Senator Andy McElhany, a republican, and contractor Chuck Murphy, a democrat.

The group is still figuring out many of the details. Eventually, they plan to present their findings to town hall meetings all over the city and hope to get it on the November ballot.



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