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.