City Attorney John Worcester Retiring

Press Release


City Attorney John Worcester Retiring

Succession plan to appoint Special Counsel Jim True as City Attorney will be considered at next Council meeting


Contact:  Jim True, Special Counsel at 920-5108 or and John Worcester, City Attorney at 920-5055 and

Aspen, Colorado – January 18, 2012– After 21 years of service, City Attorney John Worcester is retiring from the City effective February 20, 2012.  The 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,” John Worcester said.  “The City 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 Council and staff.  Mayor Mick Ireland said, “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.”


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 succeed John Worcester upon successful service to the City.   


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, January 23.


Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012