Nearly all the mayor’s costs are travel-related.
They include $835.10 for the Hilton Baltimore in June and $726.72 at the Liaison Capitol Hill in October.
The information was obtained under an open-records request submitted by The Gazette.
Click on this link to see the report: 2011 expense report.
The city released the information to all the news media.
It’s the second time the city’s Communications Office has disseminated information to all Colorado Springs media following an open-records request submitted by The Gazette.
The Communications Office is run by Cindy Aubrey, a former news director at one of the local TV stations.
When open-records requests are filed, the city’s Communications Office said it “reserves the right to post the information on its Web site and to disseminate the information to area media outlets and to interested citizens through other channels.”
The Gazette had requested the expense and mileage reports of the mayor and several high-level employees, including City Attorney Chris Melcher and Steve Cox, the mayor’s former chief of staff who is now working as his chief of economic vitality and innovation, a new position created by the mayor.
The city didn’t release the actual expense reports but a spreadsheet outlining the general details of the reports.
Melcher hasn’t submitted any expense reports to date.
Cox has submitted about $782 in expense reports since June.
They include a $54.75 lunch with Dan Slack, CEO of the Fire & Police Pension Association of Colorado, and a $39.19 lunch with former Vice Mayor Larry Small, both in October. Cox also charged taxpayers $14.95 for a car wash in December.
Aviation Director Mark Earle submitted $3,561 in expense reports, including $49.18 at MacKenzie’s Chop House in August and a $518 stay at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland in June.
Cemetery Manager/Operations Supervisor William Deboer charged taxpayers $28.53 for Domino’s Pizza in June.
Here is the rest of the information provided by the city:
Mayor Steve Bach – $3048.90
Chief of Staff and Chief of Operations Laura Neumann – $0
City Attorney Chris Melcher -$0
Fire Chief Rich Brown -$458.30
Police Chief Pete Carey – $672.90
Economic Vitality Chief Steve Cox – $782.37
Economic Vitality Specialist Donna Nelson – $75.00
City Clerk Cindy Conway – $0
Municipal Judges -$0
Chief Financial Officer – NA
Deputy Chief of Staff Nancy Johnson – $2131.21
Human Resources Director Ann Crossey – $560.49
Human Resources Manager Lori Smith – $980.98
Chief Communications Officer Cindy Aubrey – $0
Aviation Director Mark Earle – $3561.73
Cemetery Manager / Operations Supervisor William Deboer – $28.53
Parking Manager Greg Warnke -$0
Information Technology Jesse James – $732.33
Innovation and Sustainability Manager Nick Kittle -$883.28
Senior Analyst Bob Cope -$35.00