Steve-Bach-2Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, 71, announced today that he will not run for a second term in April’s municipal election.

Bach is the city’s first “strong mayor” under the city’s new charter, which voters approved in November 2010. He was elected to a four-year term on May 17, 2011, and took office on June 7 that year.

The new charter changed the municipal government from a council-appointed city manager form to a council-elected mayor model similar to Denver, with the mayor having broad operational responsibilities.

While he is eligible to run for a second four-year term, Bach said, “This spring will be the time for the next mayor to build on the positive direction of the city.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve my fellow citizens. My wife, Suzi, and I love Colorado Springs and believe in its future. We’re thankful for all of the city employees and volunteers who have achieved so much during our time. We’ll always be at the front of the parade of supporters for our city.”

With jobs, transforming city government and building community as his focus, Bach has led numerous initiatives to improve Colorado Springs, said a news release sent by the city.

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  1. Thank you Mayor Bach for stepping up to be our first strong mayor. I think that despite the challenges with council, that you made significant progress in many areas and that you’re leaving the city in a better position than when you took office.

    Happy trails and enjoy those grandkids!

  2. Thankyou, thankyou, thannkyou…Mayor Bach you were a driving force for our City when we needed a strong Mayor during difficult times…Your creative and innovative approach to Government was refreshing!
    I did not envy you having to work with such small minded individuals like Keith King who thought he was King but was more of a hinder to progress than anyone in this City.
    My hope is the new Mayor will be carry on with your fiscal responsibility and to do what is in the best interest of the citizens not Keith Kings self serving interests..

  3. He would have been one of the greatest mayors of our city.. his achievements and benefits

    1. Smart guy and problem solver
    2. City for champions (some might disagree but let me tell you getting a lot of outside money to invest into our city is great)
    3. Effective manager and leader as John described above during a few crisis our city faced.
    4. Streamlined City services and costs
    5. Memorial hospital

    his main downfall..
    inability to communicate with people who disagreed with him

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