Suthers brings decades of experience in government and management to the City of Colorado Springs. Before being elected Mayor, Suthers served as Attorney General of Colorado from 2005 to 2015. Under Suthers' leadership, the Colorado Attorney General's office earned a national reputation for excellence. In 2012, he was awarded the Kelly-Wyman Award, the highest honor given by the National Association of Attorneys General.
Prior to being Attorney General, he was named by President George W. Bush in 2001 to be United States Attorney for Colorado and he was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate. In 1999, Suthers was appointed by Governor Bill Owens as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, based in Colorado Springs. In that position, he managed an organization with 6,000 employees and a budget in excess of $500 million.
In 1988, he was elected District Attorney of the 4th Judicial District, which includes El Paso and Teller Counties. For the next eight years, he managed the largest and most productive prosecution office in the state of Colorado. During that time he also served as President of the Colorado District Attorney's Association and President of the El Paso County Bar Association.
A lifelong resident of Colorado Springs, Suthers attended grade school here and graduated from St. Mary's High School. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, and in the top quarter of his law school class at the University of Colorado. After graduation, he returned home and became a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado Springs before spending ten years at the law firm of Sparks, Dix and Enoch.
John's wife Janet also grew up in Colorado Springs, earned her MBA from UCCS and is retired from Agilent Technologies. She is a lifelong community volunteer including service on the District 12 School Board and the City Planning Commission. John and Janet have two accomplished daughters and two beautiful grandchildren.
"Citizens of Colorado Springs, that is our enduring challenge. To create a society that matches our scenery. Let us embrace the challenge."
- Mayor Suthers, June 2, 2015, Swearing in Speech
Top Three Priorities
- Collaborative Leadership: maintain a positive working relationship between the Mayor's Office and City Council and enhance cooperation with our regional partners and other local governments in our area.
- Investment in Infrastructure: address the city's pressing infrastructure challenges by improving our city's roads, bridges and stormwater systems.
- Promoting New Job Creation: help the companies already located here to expand and attract new companies to Colorado Springs.