City of Colorado Springs / Mayor's Office / News

Chief Financial Officer Named
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Steve Bach is pleased to announce the promotion of Kara Skinner to Chief Financial Officer, pending confirmation by City Council on June 12.

“After a nationwide search and a competitive two-stage interview process over several months, Kara rose to the top of a field of more than 125 national and local candidates,” said Mayor Bach. “Kara previously served us as both Interim Finance and Budget Director and is a well-known and widely-respected leader in the City organization.”

Skinner has been with the City since 2006 when she started as a Principal Analyst in the Budget Office. She served as Interim Finance Director from July 2011 to February 2012 and then as Interim Budget Director from late February 2012 until this promotion to CFO. As a Navy spouse, Skinner moved several times over the course of her career, garnering wide experience in public finance. She began her career in 1989 as a Utility Analyst at the Maine Public Utilities Commission. She also worked at the Hawaiian Electric Company and as an economist at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Skinner has also taught at both the high school and college level.

Skinner earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s Degree in Economics from Duke University. Her salary will be $135,000 annually.