Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Jerry Forte will retire May 30, 2018. Forte, 63, who has been with the municipally-owned utility 16 years, informed the Utilities Board of his decision Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
Utilities Board Chairman Tom Strand said Forte leaves the four-service utility well positioned for the future. “Jerry carried on the terrific legacy of utilities leaders in our community. Under his leadership we have formalized long-term resource plans for electric, natural gas and water services that will serve our great city for generations. His contributions will last for decades and he will be sorely missed.”
Forte said he’s proud of what he has achieved during his tenure, most notably the completion of the Southern Delivery System.
“It’s been a privilege to serve my hometown, work with such a dedicated Utilities Board, and lead a workforce that always goes the extra mile,” said Forte. “Our future is bright.”
Forte’s commitment to utilities safety, leadership development and strategic planning has resulted in the utility’s close connection with the community, strong financial condition and excellent service reliability.
The Palmer High School graduate joined Colorado Springs Utilities as Chief Operating Officer in 2002. Before then, he had served as utilities manager for Johnson Controls at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Forte was named to succeed retiring CEO Phil Tollefson in 2005.
The Utilities Board has developed a leadership succession plan and City Council is expected to begin recruitment efforts soon. Chief Energy Services Officer Eric Tharp has been named acting CEO effective May 31.