Mar 5, 2014 8:41 PM by Andy Koen
COLORADO SPRINGS - Mayor Steve Bach announced promotions Wednesday to fill three high level positions in the city staff, including the new City Attorney. Wynetta Massey, who most recently served as the Interim City Attorney after Chris Melcher left the job earlier this year, will now fill that role permanently.
Mayor Bach acknowledged the controversy that has arisen recently over whom the city attorney answers to, the city council or the mayor. He believes Massey, who has worked for the city attorney's office for the past 24 years, will be able to soothe any differences between the two entities.
"I'm hopeful that she is a bridge between council and the mayor, she is apolitical, she's here to do the job," Bach said. "She's a professional, so I hope that will have a calming affect."
Massey views her roles as a servant to the city as a whole, and not just the separate legislative and executive branches.
"The attorneys have an ethical obligation to the client, and the client is The City of Colorado Springs," she said. "I have a responsibility, the office has a responsibility to best serve the needs of the client."
Other promotions included Bret Waters to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff. Mr. Waters was previously the director of the Office of Emergency Management.
Also, Dan Gallagher was promoted to lead the city's airport franchise as the new Airport Director. Gallagher had recently served as Assistant Director of Aviation and then Interim Airport Director after Mark Earle resigned last year.