Date appointed: 1/3/11
Senate Committee hearing date: February 8, 2011
Senate Committee hearing vote: Passed Committee vote - Unanimously
Senate vote date: February 28, 2011
Senate vote: Confirmed, unanimous
"Reeves Brown cares passionately about good government and he cares passionately about the state of Colorado,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “His naturally collaborative approach will help set the tenure of our administration."
Reeves Brown is the executive director for the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). Prior to his appointment by Governor John Hickenlooper, on February 1, 2011, he served as executive director of CLUB 20, a non-profit political advocacy organization representing the interests of the 22-county Western Colorado region.
Reeves grew up on a cattle ranch in eastern Montana and later received a B.S. in Agriculture Business and a minor degree in Economics from Montana State University.
After working for the National Cattlemen’s Association for two years, Reeves served as Executive Vice President of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) from 1989-1997. During his tenure, Reeves established the CCA as a nationally-recognized leader in the natural resource and animal care arenas. Under Reeves’ leadership, the CCA created the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) in 1993 – the first land conservation trust in the nation fostered by an established agriculture organization. The CCALT currently holds conservation easements on over 250,000 acres of agriculture land across Colorado, and has served as a catalyst for the creation of similar ag land trusts in other western states which now collectively hold conservation easements on over one million acres of agriculture lands.
The Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ mission “Strengthening Colorado Communities,” is carried out through a wide range of essential services to citizens and local governments including specialized training, technical and financial assistance. A diverse agency, DOLA includes the Offices of Emergency Management, Division of Housing, Division of Local Government, Board of Assessment Appeals and Division of Property Taxation.