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Another expensive exit

When Chris Melcher was hired as Colorado Springs city attorney, his "employment letter" said he'd receive 60 days' pay if he was terminated. But now we've learned that Melcher resigned and left with a half-year's pay, $91,868, and also collected $16,430 in consulting fees, though the city can't account for any hours of consulting work he performed. The city even footed the bill for outside legal counsel to negotiate Melcher's "separation" package, which cost taxpayers a total of $139,13

How city attorney Chris Melcher can tip the scales of power toward the mayor, while still representing Council

Imagine a lawyer walking into a courtroom intending to represent the prosecution and the defense. It would be preposterous.

But that's akin, some say, to what is happening in Colorado Springs' city government, wherein City Attorney Chris Melcher is expected to represent all branches of the government — even when they're at odds.

Speaking of the city attorney ...

Legal fees outside of city enterprises — those paid with the city's tax-supported general fund — increased by roughly 13 percent from 2010 to 2012. Last year, they totaled $722,102.

Bach keeps a lid on some legal work

What is extraordinary is Hogan Lovells' deep involvement in city legal issues. The firm is being consulted on nearly every sensitive issue taken up by Bach's regime.