GOVERNOR NAMES VAAD TO PUC
Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed Glenn Vaad to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, which is charged with regulating utilities and facilities so that the people of Colorado receive safe, reliable, and reasonably-priced services consistent with the economic, environmental and social values of the state.
Vaad, of Mead, brings more than 25 years of public service in a variety of elected and appointed positions to the commission. He replaces James K. Tarpey, who resigned last month.
“Glenn is a distinguished leader who has dedicated much of his life to public service,” Hickenlooper said. “He knows how to listen to all sides of an issue and work with varied interests to find common ground. Glenn is calm, courageous and a good addition to the Public Utilities Commission.”
The reappointment is effective Jan. 7, 2014, for a term expiring in January 2017.
Vaad worked for 31 years at the Colorado Department of Transportation in various positions, including legislative liaison and secretary to the Colorado Transportation Commission.
His public service experience includes: one year each on the Mead Town Board and the Mead Sanitation Board; nine years on the St. Vrain Valley Board of Education, including two years as president; two years on the Weld County Planning and Zoning Commission; eight years elected to the Weld County Board of Commissioners; and six years elected as a state representative from House District 48.
State statute requires there not be more than two members on the commission from any one political party. Two of the current members are Democrats. Vaad is a Republican.
BROWNSTEIN HYATT FARBER SCHRECK HIRES FRIEDNASH
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced that Douglas “Doug” J. Friednash will join the law firm on Jan. 1, 2014, as a shareholder. A Denver native, Friednash most recently served as Denver’s city attorney for Mayor Michael Hancock.
Friednash’s practice will focus on public policy, government affairs and commercial transactions. He joins the firm’s nationally renowned government relations group and will work closely with attorneys and policy directors across Brownstein’s 14 offices.
“Doug is one of Denver’s powerhouse attorneys,” said Adam Agron, Brownstein’s co-managing partner. “Just like our firm, if there is a high-profile issue in Denver, odds are Doug’s been involved in creating a practical solution. Doug’s ability to solve complex government and business issues allows our firm to continue to play an integral role in the major deals impacting Colorado.”
Since August 15, 2011, Friednash served as Denver’s city attorney and managed one of the largest law firms in Colorado, with 100 attorneys and 90 staff members comprised of paralegals, victim advocates, and other support and supervisory staff members. His team supported the mayor, auditor, the Clerk and Recorder, City Council and all city agencies, departments, boards and commissions from Denver International Airport to the Denver Police Department.
While in office, Friednash played an important role in negotiating collective bargaining agreements, streamlining the police discipline process and expanding Denver’s global reach. He also made significant improvements to the City Attorney’s Office:
· Creating a modern, paperless prosecution system;
· Partnering with local law schools to develop a nationally recognized fellowship program;
· Reducing civil litigation payments by $1.5 million;
· Improving the city’s contract process by cutting drafting time in half; and
· Addressing more property crimes through an expansion of the neighborhood prosecution team.
Prior to serving as Denver’s city attorney, Friednash was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, where he represented clients in governmental matters and election issues. He was lead counsel in Ritchie v. Ritter, where he represented a coalition of groups challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s Amendment 54. He was also legal counsel to Mark Udall’s campaign for U.S. Senate. Previously, Friednash worked on the Dukakis presidential campaign in 1987–1988 and then returned to Colorado to work in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office-Criminal Enforcement Section. In 1992, he was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives where he served two terms representing Southeast Denver.
Friednash has served on the board of directors of Denver Public Schools Foundation; Executive Committee, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation; Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Aurora Economic Development Council; and the University of San Diego School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Friednash earned his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and undergraduate degrees from the University of California Santa Barbara.
HANCOCK APPOINTS MARTINEZ AS NEW DENVER CITY ATTORNEY
Mayor Michael Hancock has appointed Scott Martinez as City Attorney for Denver, a key position responsible for advising and representing the city on a broad range of legal and policy matters. He succeeds Doug Friednash, who resigned last week.
“During his tenure as Deputy City Attorney, Scott has proven his ability to provide the highest quality of counsel and representation to our city,” Hancock said. “I am thrilled to be able to promote from within our strong team someone with the legal acumen and passion for community that Scott brings.”
In his capacity as City Attorney, Martinez will provide legal representation to all city officials, agencies, departments, boards and commissions, as well as 200 attorneys and staff.
As Deputy City Attorney, Martinez managed the daily operations of one of the largest public law offices in the West. Using his knowledge of government regulatory systems to find innovative approaches to problem-solving, he forged strategic partnerships to leverage opportunities for the City and its people and worked to create a culture of inclusivity and value among City Attorney employees.
Martinez previously practiced at Holland & Hart LLP in its Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group, representing companies under investigation by the Department of Justice, investigatory committees of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, and by state and local government agencies.
Martinez is active as a member of the board of the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and the board of advisors to the Byron White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law at the University of Colorado.
He is also active in the community, serving as an appointee to the Municipal Victim Assistance & Law Enforcement Board, on the Steering Committee for City Summit and as Chair of the Bell Policy Center. He previously served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Colorado Election Reform Commission and the Colorado Collection Agency Board.
Martinez grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his law degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law.
HANCOCK APPOINTS O’MALLEY TO HEAD SAFETY DEPARTMENT
Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced this week the appointment of Deputy Chief of Staff Stephanie Y. O’Malley as executive director of the Department of Safety (formerly Manager of Safety) for the City and County of Denver, effective Jan. 1.The Executive Director of Safety provides civilian oversight of the Police, Fire and Sheriff’s departments.
As Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Hancock, O’Malley engaged in a host of matters of public concern on his behalf, including direct engagement with Denver’s Police, Fire, and Sheriff’s departments, as well as with the Office of the Independent Monitor; collective bargaining; M/WBE considerations; arts and culture; homelessness; business operations; and community engagement.
Interim Safety Manager Ashley Kilroy will continue to serve in this capacity until Jan. 1. At that time, Kilroy will return to her previous position as Deputy Director of the Department of Safety.
A Denver native, O’Malley grew up in the City Park West neighborhood. She graduated with honors from Howard University in Washington, D.C., with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Colorado and received her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
From 2007-2011, O’Malley served as Denver’s first elected Denver County Clerk and Recorder. As an appointee of former Mayor John Hickenlooper, O’Malley was director of the Department of Excise and Licenses from 2003-2007.
O’Malley currently serves on the Denver Urban Redevelopment Authority Board, the Zion Baptist Church Trustee Board, the Steering Committee for Forest Street Compassionate Care Center, and the advisory committee for the Denver School of Science and Technology.
She previously served as a founding board member of DSST, the Denver Public Schools Citizens Bond Committee and the Colorado Election Reform Commission.