Pam Zubeck, Colorado Springs Independent
Mayor John Suthers takes his oath of office from Municipal Judge HayDen Kane II with his wife, Janet, at his side.

With his hand on a family Bible, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers was sworn in for his second term on April 16 outside the Pioneers Museum.

Speaking to an audience of some 300 people, Suthers talked about the accomplishments of his first term and the city’s future.

“I am very pleased by the progress Colorado Springs has made in the last four years,” Suthers said. “We’ve made remarkable strides in improving the critical public infrastructure of our city, particularly roads and stormwater, and in promoting new job creation. Our economy is among the best in the country.

“We are seeing transformational additions like the U.S. Olympic Museum and other City for Champions projects. And those are inspiring other transformational developments in our downtown area. It will be exciting to see all the projects that are underway in Olympic City USA come to fruition over the next few years.”

That success didn’t just happen on its own, Suthers noted.

“[It] stemmed from a collaborative political environment that has encouraged unprecedented public and private investment in our city,” he said. “And in our success I hope we have set an example for other governments at all levels.”

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But the city and its leaders can’t rest on their laurels, he said.

“While we have made great strides, we must remain focused on infrastructure and economic development,” he said. “We must build the infrastructure needed to accommodate the growth and prosperity that our city enjoys.

“We need to fix our residential streets as well as our arterials. We need to secure greater state investment in highways in the Pikes Peak region. We need to ensure the public safety our citizens deserve, including greater traffic safety. And we need to continue to attend to the issues of affordable housing and homelessness.”

It will take leadership and contributions from citizens to accomplish those goals, he said.

Suthers called for volunteers to help beautify and clean up the city, work on parks and trails, mentor young people, help the elderly and support the arts. He urged residents to apply for a city board or commission or work with a nonprofit group.

Suthers also called upon leaders and residents to forgo “angry noise,” “unconstructive fanfare” and contention for contention’s sake.

“We need more common sense, we need to speak the truth, work hard, stay faithful to our fundamental beliefs as Americans, and we need to recognize that while we’re each responsible for our own actions, we are part of a community and without cooperation and the willingness to work together, we won’t accomplish what we need to accomplish,” he said.

“I ask all our citizens to join me in embracing our enduring challenge as citizens of Colorado Springs to continue to build a city that matches our scenery, a shining city at the foot of a great mountain. Thank you and may God continue to bless the city of Colorado Springs,” Suthers said.