January 6th, 2011
DENVER - Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper announced today Larry Trujillo will remain Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security.
Trujillo was appointed to the position by Gov. Bill Ritter in September 2010. He will stay in the job for six months as the Hickenlooper-Garcia administration evaluates the organizational structure of the agency and other emergency management operations, as recommended by the Homeland Security/Emergency Management transition committee.
"Larry Trujillo has built his career working with people and serving our public," Hickenlooper said. "He is a critical thinker who knows how to work with different agencies at the federal, state and local levels to do what is necessary to keep Colorado communities prepared to deal with unexpected emergencies."
Trujillo earlier worked as Fire Chief with the Denver Fire Department, one of the largest fire services in the nation. He has more than 28 years of emergency management experience - nearly all of which was in leadership roles providing emergency services at all levels.
"I have enjoyed overseeing the state's Homeland Security operations and am pleased to stay in this role," Trujillo said. "I look forward to working with Gov.-elect Hickenlooper and his team to build on the good relationships we have with local, state, federal and tribal agencies throughout Colorado."
Trujillo was managing partner for a private consulting firm before he became Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security last fall. He also served as Senior Advisor for Convention Safety and Transportation Planning during the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Trujillo joined the Denver Fire Department in 1982 and worked his way up through the ranks before being appointed Chief in July 2003.