Colorado Springs urban renewal authority won’t say why director out after only two months

The Gazette (Colorado Springs): Kitty Clemens is out as executive director of the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority after just two months on the job.

Urban Renewal Authority board members and a top city government official said Thursday that Clemens’ abrupt departure was a personnel matter and they declined to comment on whether she resigned or was fired; they’d only say that she no longer is executive director. The authority had announced Clemens’ hiring in August, and she assumed the post Sept. 6.

Clemens will continue to be paid her $92,000 salary – $120,000 with benefits – until she leaves the city’s payroll Wednesday, said Peter Wysocki, the city’s planning and community development director. He declined to comment on if she’ll receive severance pay.

Jariah Walker, a senior city economic development analyst, has been named acting executive director. He could be a candidate for the job permanently when the authority and city search for a new director, Wysocki said.

Authority chairwoman Wynne Palermo, a local real estate agent, said she was disappointed about Clemens’ departure, but little else.

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