In the wake of criticism over suggested ballot initiatives, City Attorney Pat Kelly has announced her decision to retire on Sept. 30.

The decision comes after Kelly sent Mayor Steve Bach several suggestions for November ballot initiatives, including one that would allow City Council to appoint the city attorney, instead of the mayor.

The initiatives, which also would have stripped the mayor’s ability to negotiate contracts for Memorial Health System and Colorado Springs Utilities, never made the City Council agenda before the Aug. 23 deadline and will not appear on November’s ballot.

A press release announcing Kelly’s retirement said Bach will appoint a replacement in the near future.

Kelly is the third city employee in a major position to resign or retire since Bach took office.

Sue Blumberg-Skiffington left just days after Bach’s election, saying she was asked to resign. City Clerk Kathryn Young also retired earlier this year, after criticism of the way she handled the 2011 election.