May 30, 2010 12:47 AM by John Romero

Local group pushing for "strong mayor"

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A concerned group of citizens says it's time for a change in government in Colorado Springs. “We think that the system that has served Colorado Springs well for so many years is no longer working.” explains former Colorado State Senator and member of Citizens for Accountable Leadership’s Andy McElhany. Beginning next week, will begin collecting 25,000 signatures. Their goal is to replace the cities current council management form of government in favor of a strong mayor position.


McElhany and the group say Colorado Springs has simply outgrown the current system. “I think you get to a certain size where it becomes incumbent to have a strong chief executive.” he explains. Citizens for Accountable Leadership say the most important thing a strong mayor position could bring to the city of Colorado Springs is accountability. “The CEO of the city government becomes the mayor who's directly elected by the people and responsible to the people. They have to bear full accountability for either the success or failure of his administration.” explains McElhany, “It's time to have a more responsible and accountable form of government.”


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