Mayor Steve Bach today unveiled new initiatives and announced the creation of several new positions, including a new chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, fire chief, parks director and chief of economic vitality and innovation.

Former Cheyenne Mountain Resort General Manager Laura Neumann will be Bach’s new chief of staff, and former chief of staff Steve Cox will move to the position of chief of economic vitality and innovation.

The addition of the chief of economic vitality and innovation comes after Donna Nelson was named to the new economic vitality specialist position in August. She and her position will remain. Bach said the new position was added because economic vitality efforts require two positions.

The city’s new fire chief will be Richard Brown, a career firefighter, paramedic and battalion chief, who has been serving as interim fire chief.


Nancy Johnson will serve as deputy chief of staff and parks director. She previously was an assistant city manager and director of parks, planning and public works.

In addition to the new staff appointments, Bach announced the creation of three new solutions teams, the transit, the downtown and the parks solution teams.

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Robert Shonkwiler, a retired businessman, will lead the transit team charged with rethinking they city’s transit system, which could included the use of buses, van pools and cab vouchers.

Chuck Murphy, owner of Murphy Constructors, will lead the downtown team, charged with downtown rejuvenation.

Richard Skorman, a downtown retail shop owner, will lead the parks solution team.

  • I appreciate that mayor Bach has appointed Richard Skorman to head up the parks solution team. Not only will Skorman do a great job but it is a great step towards showing that our community leaders can work together to improve our city no matter what political side of the fence they are on.