DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Kathleen Staks has been appointed executive director of the Colorado Energy Office, effective Jan. 20, 2017. She will replace Jeff Ackermann, who was recently appointed to the Public Utilities Commission.
“Kathleen will be pivotal in helping us work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to ensure that Colorado is a strong supporter of both traditional and renewable energy resources” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “Colorado’s energy practices touch every person in Colorado daily. Kathleen will continue to ensure that our State’s energy portfolio benefits Colorado businesses, workers and families.”
Staks currently serves as the assistant director for energy and minerals at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR), where she is responsible for developing and implementing policy regarding energy development across the state. Staks has extensive experience working with Colorado energy and mining companies, as well as renewable industry businesses. Prior to joining DNR, Staks worked at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) as the program director for open space and parks and wildlife. In that position she oversaw land conservation grant programs and managed the relationship between GOCO and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.
DENVER — Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision against reimbursing private businesses and individuals for claims of damages from the Gold King Mine spill:
“We are disappointed in the EPA’s decision. We expected the EPA to make good on its promise to reimburse any Colorado resident or business that suffered a legitimate loss as a result of the spill. The Attorney General has agreed to help us find ways we can make sure our residents receive just compensation.”
DENVER — Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced that fitness icon and chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC) Jake Steinfeld has selected Colorado to kick-off its 2017 DON’T QUIT! fitness campaign. The NFGFC will deliver $100,000 fitness centers to three Colorado schools that demonstrate leadership in getting and keeping their students fit.
“We are thrilled that Jake Steinfeld and his organization have chosen to help Colorado’s children get fit,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “Keeping our kids active is one of the keys to helping them lead healthy lives in adulthood. We encourage every elementary and middle school in Colorado to nominate their school to be in the running for a brand new fitness center.”