The City Council, through its role as the Utilities Board governs the management and operations of Colorado Springs Utilities through established written policies.
According to bylaws and policies, the Board nominates and votes to establish a different chair for the Utilities Board, other than the president of City Council. Having a separate Utilities Board chair from the council president enables the Board chair to:
- Focus on one organization
- Spend more time to become knowledgeable about the complex utilities industry and organization
- Further align the Utilities Board, Board committees and staff
- Be more focused on interaction with citizen-owners and customers specifically on utilities concerns
The Utilities Board generally meets the Wednesday between City Council meetings (which are the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month) at 1 p.m. in the Blue River Board Room on the fifth floor of the South Tower in the Plaza of the Rockies (121 S. Tejon Street).
All meetings are open to the public and streamed live over the Internet. You can also follow meetings on Twitter at the hashtag #ubmtg.
The Finance Committee, in support of the Utilities Board’s fiduciary responsibility, evaluates performance and compliance with Utilities Board policy parameters which include asset protection; financial planning and budgeting; financial condition and activities; financial metrics; financial statements and reports; enterprise risk management; and pricing of products and services. In addition, the Finance Committee analyzes and recommends the annual operating plan and budget; the capital plan; debt issues; and contracts.
Committee members: Don Knight (Chair), Bill Murray, Andy Pico, Tom Strand
The Personnel Committee, in support of the Utilities Board role as trustee for the organization, evaluates performance and compliance with Utilities Board policy parameters which include treatment of staff and recommends compensation and benefits. In addition, the Personnel Committee recommends the performance plans and compensation for the Chief Executive Officer as an appointee of the Utilities Board.
Committee members: Merv Bennett (Chair), Bill Murray, Richard Skorman, Tom Strand
Program Management Review Committee
The Program Management Review Committee, in support of the Utilities Board’s responsibility of oversight and accountability, reviews major program performance for large programs and reviews compliance with Utilities Board policies.
Committee members: Andy Pico (Chair), Yolanda Avila, Don Knight, Bill Murray, Tom Strand
Strategic Planning Committee
The Strategic Planning Committee, in support of the Utilities Board’s responsibility to set the strategic direction for the organization, evaluates and recommends the organization’s mission, vision, values and the annual and long-term strategic plans. In accord with Utilities Board policy parameters, the Committee recommends the enterprise performance scorecard and its indicators and targets, which serves as the foundation for annual Utilities Board directed measures of success.
Committee members: Jill Gaebler (Chair), David Geislinger, Andy Pico, Richard Skorman
Economic Development Sub-Committee
The Economic Development Sub-Committee reviews performance and compliance with Utilities Board policies and guidelines and recommends policies that drive economic development needs and priorities to the Strategic Planning Committee for alignment with vision and to the Finance Committee for impact to the Annual Operating and Financial Plan.
Committee members: Jill Gaebler, Andy Pico, Bill Murray and representatives from Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce/EDC, City of Colorado Springs Economic Development Department, Urban Renewal Authority and City Auditor’s Office.