Pueblo’s city attorney is coming to work for Colorado Springs.
The city on Monday announced the hiring of Tom Florczak as the new deputy city attorney.
Florczak, who starts Oct. 15, will be paid $160,000 annually — or about $20,000 more than he earned in Pueblo.
Colorado Springs City Attorney Chris Melcher said Florczak will supervise five section chiefs in litigation, prosecution, utilities, municipal and human resources. He will also support Melcher as he advises Mayor Steve Bach, City Council and city enterprises, Melcher said.
“We are very pleased to have Tom Florczak agree to join our office and help us provide the very best legal services to the city of Colorado Springs,” Melcher said in a statement.
“As the Pueblo city attorney and in private practice before that, Tom brings tremendous legal skills and extraordinary judgment developed over 34 years of practice in municipal law,” Melcher said. “I am thrilled to have Tom join as the newest member of our team, and am confident he will help us continue to improve the Office of City Attorney and our service to this community.”
Melcher said the position of deputy city attorney is new but “fully funded” by the elimination of a prosecutor position and an assistant city attorney position.
“The changes in the office will not result in any increase to the office budget and will not require any new funds from the city’s general fund,” he said.
Melcher said Florczak’s hiring is in no way related to the Southern Delivery System. The water pipeline, which is under construction from Pueblo to Colorado Springs, has created tensions between the two communities.
“We are very excited and pleased to have Tom join our office, and are confident his experience, skill, and judgment will provide an immediate and substantial contribution to the Office of the City Attorney,” Melcher said.
According to the Pueblo Chieftain, Florczak has been Pueblo’s top attorney for the past three years and worked in the Pueblo City Attorney’s Office for the past three decades. The Chieftain also reported that Florczak also worked in former Pueblo City Attorney Tom Jagger’s firm for 31 years.