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Longtime Colorado Springs City Councilman Richard Skorman to resign next month

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is a major factor in the resignation of four-time City Councilman Richard Skorman.

Skorman, 69, announced Friday that he is stepping down, effective Dec. 31, in the first year of his fourth term.

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He said that he wants to devote more attention to four adjacent businesses he owns on a block of North Tejon Street downtown -- particularly, the Poor Richard's restaurant that has been slow to recover from the pandemic and has been closed the summer of 2020.

The restaurant is scheduled to reopen next week.

"I opened these businesses in 1977," Skorman said. "We thought COVID would be over by now. We were successful before COVID but things have changed now. So we're making some changes to spread things out for the safety of our customers and employees. I need to get back to working full time."

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Skorman served on the Council from 1999-2007 and was elected again in 2017 and 2021"I; between those terms was an unsuccessful run for mayor against Steve Bach in 2011.

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During his time on the Council, Skorman served as president; he also served as Vice Mayor (before the city switched to its current "strong mayor" form of government in 2010) which essentially made him acting mayor in the absence of the elected mayor.

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Skorman said that his biggest achievement was leading the effort to help hundreds of Hurricane Katrina evacuees who came to the city in 2005, but listed helping reduce homelessness as another highlight.

One of his biggest disappointments, however, came on Election Day when voters rejected a measure to fund improvements in city parks.

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The Council will select a replacement to fill the remainder of Skorman's term; the application process will be discussed in a work session Monday at City Hall.

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"I'm hoping that my replacement will be someone from the minority community, or a woman, or someone who can add a bit of diversity and a fresh perspective," he said. "Someone younger."

Skorman won't be part of the selection process.

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He took pleasure during the holiday season by dressing as an elf and placing coins in parking meters for customers.

Scott Harrison

Scott is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Scott here.

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19 Comments

  1. It’s about time. He wants to get back to his business? It’s him and has ilk who are partly responsible for the almost total collapse of small business these past few years. And you make him some kind of hero? Bad form Schmee…bad form!

  2. Why did he run last year in the middle of the pandemic last year if he knew he was going to do this? The only reason I can see is if he gets to name his successor.
    Well, can’t say it was fun or productive for the city having you on the council, glad to see you go. I just hope that your replacement is better than you were. Perhaps we may even get someone that will actually be “for the People” and not “for the highest bidder.”

    1. As one of your supervisors Mr. Skorman, I accept your resignation, effective immediately. I’m sure your replacement would be better off not learning your bad behaviors or modeling their tenure off of your tenure.

      1. “One of his biggest disappointments, however, came on Election Day when voters rejected a measure to fund improvements in city parks.”
        I bet, I watch lots of children get upset when they don’t get their way and choose to take their ball and go home.

        1. “Skorman said that his biggest achievement was leading the effort to help hundreds of Hurricane Katrina evacuees who came to the city in 2005, but listed helping reduce homelessness as another highlight.”
          Because this was you and not FEMA…
          This is the best achievement and it isn’t yours. Very telling of your service here on the city council.

        2. @ another we know your kinda new but I for one have been here for over 25 yrs and they have used this dog and pony show several times and the parks never got anything for one reason or another. thats is why it didnt fly this time.

          1. Yup I am new, been here my entire life, longer than 40 years.
            My comment was not about the failing of the bill p@ssing, but his actions of resigning and stating that “his biggest disappointments, however, came on Election Day when voters rejected a measure to fund improvements in city parks.” Directly after this occurred he resigned. I don’t care that he resigned, but his statement of this being his biggest disappointment and then announcing his resignation makes his decision sound just as petty as a child not getting his way and because of this occurring he took his ball and went home.

  3. “I’m hoping that my replacement will be someone from the minority community, or a woman, or someone who can add a bit of diversity and a fresh perspective,” he said. “Someone younger.”

    Sure thing. Forget about their qualifications. Just make sure they are a minority or the right color and that will do.

  4. Well it’s that gay piano bar is still open downtown he can go there I’m sure he would enjoy that.

  5. Huge loss. An advocate for quality of life, Trails, Parks, and Open Spaces. He is a quality human being who isn’t a slave to realtors and land “developers.”

    1. He is a lying tyrant who enslves his employees by requiring them to wear useless oxygen-restricting booger barns on their faces that (do NOT stop viruses) even though it has been proven tin a court of law that COVID-19 does not even exist and no laboratory sample of it exists anywhere on the Earth.

      Richard Skorman would like to do this to us all. Well, I’d like to take Richard Skorman outside and give him a good old _s_ whoopin’.

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