For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
City and County of Denver
Mayor Michael B. Hancock
Amber Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenna Espinoza, email@example.com
Mayor Hancock Appoints Alan Salazar as New Chief of Staff
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the appointment of Alan Salazar as his new Chief of Staff. Salazar will play a key role in managing the daily operations of the Mayor’s Office and the city’s 26 departments as well as the overall agenda for the Hancock administration.
Salazar brings nearly 30 years of experience advancing public policy at the state, federal and local level. Currently a Senior Advisor for the Hillary Clinton Campaign, Salazar was chosen for his passion for public service, deep understanding of a wide range of issues and ability to collaborate and build consensus.
“Having spent his career working in Colorado, Alan truly cares about the future of our community and will bring that dedication to the people of Denver,” Mayor Hancock said. “His in-depth knowledge of the work at-hand and his strong background in bringing diverse interests together will help to move Denver forward. He will be a steadfast hand for the city and well-informed adviser.”
Following the departure of former Chief of Staff Janice Sinden to become President & CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Mayor Hancock launched a search for the next great leader for the position in September.
“The opportunity to support Mayor Hancock as he charts a course for Denver's future is both humbling and exciting. I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve a community and city I love,” Salazar said. “Denver is experiencing an extremely vibrant time, and with this brings many opportunities and challenges. I believe my experience and dedication to serving Colorado has prepared me to serve Denver well and I am eager to get to work.”
Salazar’s background includes serving as Chief of Staff for then-U.S. Rep. Mark Udall (CO) and Deputy Chief of Staff for former Gov. Roy Romer (CO). He also worked for former U.S. Senators Tim Wirth (CO) and Gary Hart (CO), and played key roles in both the Gov. Romer and Clinton-Gore campaigns in Colorado.
Earlier this year, Salazar had transitioned to work for the Hillary Campaign from Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office. There, he served five years as Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Policy, Research and Legislative Affairs for Colorado’s Governor.
In this position, Salazar was responsible for moving the Governor’s policy and legislative agenda, and providing direction for the administration and cabinet departments. Salazar led efforts to pass historic gun background checks legislation, reform early childhood education, deliver responsible oil and gas regulation, and engage with communities in developing a statewide economic blueprint.
“Alan Salazar has an instinctive political savvy only enhanced by his intelligence and grace,” Gov. Hickenlooper said. “While I am immensely grateful for all that he has done for me personally and our team, I am even more excited to see what a great partner he will be with Mayor Hancock.”
Salazar was born in Leadville, Colorado, and grew up in the Denver metro area. His appointment has received acclaim from many well-respected leaders in the community.
“Having worked with Alan for years, I could not be more pleased that he will be joining Mayor Hancock and his administration, said Nita Gonzales, President and CEO of Escuela Tlatelolco. “Great leaders surround themselves with great talent and Alan is a man of renowned integrity from the community for the community. I have come to know Alan for his genuine and open approach to addressing tough issues, and then working to find the best solutions for all. I trust he will continue this reliable work in this new role at the city.”
Salazar received his Bachelor’s Degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is a published member of the University of Colorado Law Review. He will assume his new role as Chief of Staff on November 21, 2016.
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