January 4th, 2011
DENVER - Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper announced today Todd Saliman will be a Senior Advisor to the Governor's Office.
Saliman is now Director of the Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting. He will serve in his new role part time for several months and advise the Hickenlooper-Garcia administration on budget, policy, legislative, efficiency and operational issues.
"Todd Saliman has helped guide the state budget during the worst recession since the Great Depression," Hickenlooper said. "We are grateful he will continue helping us work through what are very difficult budget challenges."
Saliman was named Director of the Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting in 2006. He has been responsible for developing the Governor's budget request that is submitted to the Legislature annually and for developing and implementing plans to keep the budget balanced throughout the fiscal year. The most recent state budget totaled nearly $20 billion. His office also prepares economic forecasts for the state on a quarterly basis.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to advise Gov.-elect Hickenlooper on critical issues and to work with the rest of his team over the next few months," Saliman said. "I am also delighted Henry Sobanet has accepted the Budget Director position. His prior experience and outside-the-box thinking will enable him to do an excellent job for the Governor-elect."
Saliman owned and operated Todd Saliman and Associates from 2003 to 2006 and represented a variety of organizations and governmental entities in the state Legislature. He served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1994 to 2002, serving on the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee for four years. Before serving on the JBC, Saliman served on the Appropriations Committee, Finance Committee, Transportation Committee and Local Government Committee.
He was ranked as one of the most respected and influential legislators in Colorado by his fellow legislators in a survey conducted by the Rocky Mountain News.
From 1991 to 1994, Saliman worked as a county government policy analyst. He has also worked for non-profit organizations doing fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning and budget development.
Saliman, a native of Colorado, earned a bachelor's degree in political science and graduated with honors from the University of Colorado.