She replaces Cindy Aubrey, who worked as chief communications officer under former Mayor Steve Bach. Aubrey left the position earlier this year to become the spokeswoman for Pikes Peak United Way.
The communications officer is an at-will executive that reports directly to the mayor and is responsible for providing information about city news, events, services and activities. The communications position also serves as a key adviser to the mayor and his senior team — providing strategic advice about working with the media and the public. Fabos will also manage the city’s outreach with the business community, nonprofit organizations and cross-sector groups, and will manage Springs TV, the city’s television channel.
Fabos has lived in Colorado Springs for 11 years. During that time, she has worked extensively with the U.S. Olympic movement. She’s handled media and public relations for U.S. Olympic swimming and ice hockey, as well as for the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders. She worked as the U.S. Swim Team’s primary spokeswoman when Michael Phelps won an historic eight medals during the Summer Games in Beijing. She most recently served as manager of marketing communications for the North American headquarters of swimsuit company Arena, the title sponsor of the U.S. Swim Team, the press release said.
Fabos starts in the new position on Sept. 21.