Has social media maven Laura Benjamin said bye-bye to Mayor Steve Bach?
Benjamin, who volunteered on the mayor’s campaign, was hired in the city’s Communications Office in November, about five months after Bach was sworn in.
But around June, Benjamin went on unpaid administrative leave.
The city wouldn’t comment, saying it was a personnel matter, but a friend of Benjamin’s said the leave was related to a medical issue.
For weeks, the city’s human resources director has said the city expects Benjamin back.
But has Benjamin moved on?
According to a listing in Sunday’s Gazette, Benjamin has incorporated Colorado Communication Training, which she describes as a veteran-owned small business based in Colorado Springs.
“Laura’s firm has improved the lives of half a million people through facilitation, classes, keynotes, coaching and published resources,” according to her website.
“She has spoken professionally on three continents for groups from 20-500. She was the social media and blogging instructor for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs’ and Pueblo Small Business Development Centers. She also taught Customer Service Help Desk skills, management skills and public speaking courses for Pikes Peak Community College,” the website states.
Benjamin lists her accomplishments on her website.
Noticeably absent is her stint at the city.
The Gazette has requested comment from Cindy Aubrey, who is — or was? — Benjamin’s boss at the city.