Gov. Hickenlooper announces Friednash resignation, new Chief of Staff Patrick Meyers

DENVER — Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Doug Friednash will leave his role as the Governor’s Chief of Staff to rejoin the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP. Patrick Meyers will replace Friednash as Chief of Staff.

Before joining the Governor’s team, Friednash’s career in public service included serving as a state legislator in the Colorado House of Representatives, an assistant attorney general, serving as the Denver City Attorney and litigating high profile public law matters. Friednash was a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck before he was brought on as the Governor’s Chief of Staff in February of 2015. Friednash graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of San Diego School of Law.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces clemency for offenders who have served their sentences

DENVER — Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement regarding his decision to grant clemency for 22 individuals who have served their time and are currently contributing members of their communities:

“Clemency is one of the most difficult issues a leader can face. It’s a sobering task of significant consequence. Those who apply yearn for peace of mind and the chance to continue contributing to their families and communities in meaningful ways.  

“After careful review, today I granted 22 pardons to individuals who have taken great strides to improve their lives and their communities. In many cases, they have overcome significant obstacles. Some of their criminal actions resulted from a drug addiction, some from youthful indiscretion, some from difficult childhoods or family situations, and some for reasons even they do not understand. All come from different walks of life and have a unique story to tell.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Board of Nursing.

The State Board of Nursing examines and licenses registered and practical nurses. It also approves nursing programs and standards, and investigates complaints filed against nurses.

For a term expiring July 1, 2019:
Mikolyn Renee Twyman, LPN of Aurora, to serve as a licensed practical nurse, and occasioned by the resignation of Chrissy Roberts, LPN of Denver, appointed;

For a term expiring July 1, 2021:
Constance Anne Schmidt, DNP, MHA, RN, FACHE of Arvada, a licensed professional nurse engaged in nursing service administration, and occasioned by the resignation of Carolyn Lucey Sanders, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FACHE of Greenwood Village, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Michael Lewis as executive director for the Colorado Department of Transportation

DENVER — Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Michael Lewis will be the next Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). He will assume this role in December.

Lewis most recently served as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for CDOT where he provided policy, technical, organizational and operational direction for the $1.4 billion organization with 3,000 employees. He also served as Director of Rhode Island Department of Transportation, is a former President of the American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and is a member of the National Academy of Construction (NAC).

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Commission on the Aging, Colorado Children's Trust Fund Board, Conservation Easement Oversight Commission, Colorado Interagency Coordinating Council, State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners, Motor Vehicle Dealer Board, Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Health Care and Public Employees’ Retirement Benefit Plans (PERA).

The Colorado Commission on the Aging conducts studies and encourages other organizations to conduct studies of the problems of the state’s elder population. The Commission works to promote and aid in the establishment of local programs and services for the aging and aged.

For a term expiring July 1, 2018:
Sean C. Wood, CFP, AIF, CAP of Evergreen, to serve as a Republican from Congressional District 2, and occasioned by the death of Jeffrey David Moulton of Boulder, appointed.

The Colorado Children's Trust Fund Board provides funding to programs around the State of Colorado that focus on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The primary goals of the Board are to reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect for Colorado's children and to reduce the need for state intervention in child abuse prevention and education.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Emergency Medical Practice Advisory Council and the Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners.

The Emergency Medical Practice Advisory Council (EMPAC) advises the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) regarding the appropriate scope of practice for emergency medical technicians, including waivers to the scope of practice, and for criteria for physicians to serve as EMS medical directors.

For terms expiring Oct. 15, 2021:
Diana E. Koelliker of Telluride, a physician actively serving as an emergency medical service medical director and practicing in rural or frontier counties, reappointed;
Nathaniel J. Lenn of Pueblo West, an emergency medical technician certified at any level who is actively involved in the provision of emergency medical services, appointed;
Kevin E. McVaney, MD of Littleton, a physician actively serving as an emergency medical service medical director and practicing in any area of the state, reappointed;
Shannon Smith Sovndal, MD, FACEP of Longmont, a physician actively serving as an emergency medical service medical director and practicing in urban counties, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces a Boards and Commissions appointment

DENVER — Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced a Boards and Commissions appointment to the Governor’s Commission on Community Service.

The Governor’s Commission on Community Service shall recommend to the Governor a comprehensive national and community service plan for the state that is developed through an open and public process and updated annually. The plan shall address the state’s needs in the areas of school safety, preventing youth violence, literacy and mentoring or disadvantaged youth. The Commission also administers funds received from the Corporation on National and Community Service.

For a term expiring Aug. 24, 2020:
Eric Scott Naff of Parker, to serve as a representative with knowledge of community service, and occasioned by the resignation of Elizabeth Anne Moore Mueller of Denver, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor the victims of Sutherland Springs attack

DENVER — Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings until sunset Nov. 9 to honor the victims of the attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas and as proclaimed by President Donald Trump.

The full text of the president’s proclamation:

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2017

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS SHOOTING

Governor proposes Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget request, includes plan to address unfunded pension liabilities

DENVER — Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 — Today Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 State budget request to the Joint Budget Committee of the General Assembly. Relative to expected FY 2017-18 appropriations, the request reflects a total funds budget of $30.5 billion, an increase of just under $1.09 billion or 3.7 percent. In the General Fund, the request totals $11.5 billion, an increase of $292.1 million or 2.6 percent.

The Governor wrote that the passage of Senate Bill 17-267 materially and positively changed the State’s financial outlook compared with one year ago, when the budget request closed a $500 million funding gap in the General Fund.

“Significant progress was made last year to address critical needs in Colorado,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “This new budget supports education and public safety needs across the state. But history tells us to be ready for when times are not as good. By building up reserves and shoring our pension plan, this proposal meets the needs of today and provides a buffer for tomorrow.”

The budget request sets aside a sufficient amount of expected collections to grow the State’s General Fund budget reserve to 7.0 percent of spending from the current 6.5 percent target.

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