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Barbara Kelley named Executive Director of Department of Regulatory Agencies

January 6th, 2011


DENVER - Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper announced today Barbara Kelley will remain Executive Director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies.


Kelley was appointed to the position by Gov. Bill Ritter in November 2009.


"Barbara Kelley knows how to support business and protect consumers," Hickenlooper said. "She is a leader who understands the complexities of our state's rules and regulations and the importance of strong customer service. We are fortunate to have her on our team."


Kelley has practiced law for more than 35 years and has extensive experience working with municipalities and counties throughout Colorado on matters related to zoning, land use and entitlements, annexation, variances, licensing and eminent domain.


"The Department of Regulatory Agencies plays a critical role in preserving a competitive and vibrant marketplace for business while also ensuring consumer protection," Kelley said. "I am honored for the opportunity to be a partner in the new Hickenlooper administration and continuing to pursue a more responsive and efficient regulatory environment for Colorado."


Kelley earlier worked as a partner with the law firm Kamlet Reichert in Denver. While there, she specialized in corporate and financing transactions, commercial banking, commercial real estate, as well as general commercial and business matters. She headed the firm's secured transactions practice area.


Before joining Kamlet Reichert, Kelley practiced law with Morrison & Foerster, Sherman & Howard, and Tate, Kelley & Tate; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado; and the Federal Action Agency. She has worked on a number of community projects in Colorado, including the Lowry and Stapleton redevelopment projects, as well as projects in Rwanda and Hong Kong. Honored in 2008 as a Girl Scout "Colorado Woman of Distinction," she is a former chair of the Denver Planning Board.


Kelley earned bachelor's and law degrees from Indiana University. She is a member of the American, Colorado, Denver and Sam Cary bar associations, and was honored as one of Law Week Colorado's "2009 Top Women Lawyers."