Gov. Hickenlooper announces resignation of Executive Director Molly Urbina from Colorado’s Resiliency & Recovery Office

DENVER — Friday, July 21, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Molly Urbina is resigning as executive director of the Colorado Resiliency & Recovery Office (CRRO).

In 2013, Colorado experienced unprecedented flooding that significantly impacted 24 counties and resulted in damages of nearly $4 billion. The CRRO was formed, with Urbina leading the state to coordinate the diverse and complex portfolio of disaster recovery and resiliency efforts, in response to this disaster and the need for centralized reporting, transparency, and to maintain a sense of urgency at the state level building back stronger and more resilient than before.

Rein appointed as new State Engineer

DENVER — Thursday, July 13, 2017— Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Kevin Rein’s appointment as the new State Engineer and Director of the Colorado Division of Water Resources. Rein replaces Dick Wolfe, who retired at the end of June after 10 years in the position.

Rein has served as the Deputy State Engineer since 2008, where he directed and supervised the review and engineering evaluation of substitute water supply plans; water court and well permit applications; subdivision water supply plans; and other instruments that guide the management of water rights throughout Colorado. He has worked for the Division since 1998.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Wednesday, July 12, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Agricultural Development Authority, Coal Mine Board of Examiners, Fire Service Training and Certification Advisory Board, State Board of Water Well Construction and Pump Installation Contractors, and Wine Industry Development Board.

The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority makes financing available to farmers and other agricultural enterprises through the sale of bonds.

Sokol appointed to District Court in Fourth Judicial District

DENVER — Wednesday, July 12, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Erin Lynn Sokol’s appointment to the District Court in the 4th Judicial District.

Sokol will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Gilbert A. Martinez.

Sokol is currently a senior attorney at Hogan Lovells US, LLP in Colorado Springs, a position she has held since August 2014. Previously, she was a partner at Sokol & Brewer in Colorado Springs (2007-2014); an associate at Mulliken Weiner Karsh Berg & Jolivet, P.C. in Colorado Springs (2004-2007); an associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP in Colorado Springs (2000-2004); and an associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. (1999-2000). Sokol earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1996 and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999.

Colorado’s Insurance Commissioner named new executive director for state’s Department of Regulatory Agencies

DENVER — Wednesday, July 12, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Marguerite Salazar as the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Salazar is currently Colorado’s Insurance Commissioner. She replaces Joe Neguse who last month announced his resignation. Salazar begins her role as DORA’s executive director on July 24, 2017.

Salazar has served as Colorado’s Insurance Commissioner since Aug. 19, 2013. In this role, she oversees the regulation of the insurance industry in Colorado as head of the Division of Insurance, one of the nine divisions within DORA.

Governor names new executive director for Colorado Department of Revenue

DENVER — Tuesday, July 11, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Michael S. Hartman will be the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue. He replaces Barbara Brohl who announced her departure effective Aug. 31, 2017.

“Michael places high priority on those operations that serve the public,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “He brings extensive banking experience and organizational management to the role. Perhaps more importantly, this opportunity is a bit of a coming home as he served in Colorado’s inaugural Governor's Fellowship Class.”

Colorado commits to state climate action

DENVER — Tuesday, July 11, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed an executive order committing the state to climate action. He also announced that Colorado will join the U.S. Climate Alliance.

“Coloradans value clean air and clean water. Our strong economy is a reflection of how our exhilarating outdoors attracts young entrepreneurs and the talent they need for their businesses,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “The vast majority of our residents, and indeed the country, expect us to help lead the way toward a clean and affordable energy future. In this process, we no doubt can address climate change while keeping a priority on household budgets.”