City of Aspen attorney John Worcester retiring

Succession plan in place to appoint Jim True as his replacement

By City of Aspen
Real AspenJanuary 18, 2012
After 21 years of service, City Attorney John Worcester is retiring from the city effective Feb. 20.
John Worcester

Aspen City Council is moving forward with a succession plan to appoint Special Counsel Jim True as the next city attorney.

“I have always been honored to say that I was the city attorney for the city of Aspen,” Worcester said. “The aity had great foresight to put a succession plan in place years ago. Jim is well prepared and will do a fantastic job.”

Worcester is well respected in the legal community and will be sorely missed by City Council and staff.

“John Worcester has honored the people of Aspen and his profession through the diligence, fairness and generosity of spirit incorporated in his service to the community. He is an inspiration to all of us who have practiced law or engaged in community service," Mayor Mick Ireland said.

Worcester has served the city of Aspen since 1990, first as assistant city attorney under Jed Caswell. He moved into the city attorney position in 1992. Worcester has served five mayors during his tenure including former mayor Helen Klanderud. She said, “It was an honor and my good fortune to have the counsel of an attorney who is caring, ethical, knowledgeable, professional, and whose integrity is beyond reproach. The city of Aspen has been fortunate to benefit from John’s years of service. He is committed to legal services for all, and it was he, who as president of the Pitkin County Bar Association, delivered the first contribution from the Pitkin County Bar to fund Roaring Fork Legal Services, now known as Alpine Legal Services. With his commitment, he has continued to serve on its board. He has a quiet sense of humor, and does not take himself too seriously. It is a pleasure to know him.”

Jim True has also served the community as a two-term Pitkin County commissioner. He has been practicing law in the area since 1979. He began working for the city in 2007, initially as an outside independent counsel. He was hired as special counsel in December 2007 with the idea that he would eventually succeed Worcester.

Final details of True’s employment are currently being negotiated with the hope that a formal appointment can be made at City Council’s next regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 23.

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