Gov. Hickenlooper appoints new district court judge in 17th Judicial District

DENVER — Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Sean Finn as a District Court Judge in the 17th Judicial District. He fills a vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Ted Tow to the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Finn currently serves as a Chief Trial Deputy for the District Attorney’s Office in the 20th Judicial District, a position he has held since 2010. In this capacity, Finn prosecutes felony offenses; supervises felony-level prosecutions of economic crimes, cases brought before the Boulder County Grand Jury, and appeals brought on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office; and handles civil matters on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office, including forfeiture of asset cases. Finn also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Procedure at the University of Colorado School of Law. Prior to his current employment, he served as a Deputy District Attorney and Senior Deputy District Attorney in the 17th Judicial District (2005-2010); as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert Russel of the Colorado Court of Appeals (2004-2005); as an Associate at Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP (2003-2004); and as an Associate at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP in Los Angeles (2001-2003). Finn earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 1997 and his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2001.

Finn’s appointment was effective Feb. 13, 2018.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the 5th Judicial District Nominating Commission and the Physical Therapy Board.

Each Judicial District Nominating Commission consists of seven citizens residing in that judicial district. No more than four members can be from the same political party, and there must be at least one voting member from each county in the district. In all districts with populations of more than 35,000, the voting members consist of three people admitted to practice law in Colorado and four people not admitted to practice law in Colorado. In judicial districts with populations under 35,000, at least four voting members are people not admitted to practice law in Colorado. It is determined by majority vote of the governor, attorney general and chief justice how many, if any, of the remaining three members will be persons admitted to practice law in Colorado.

COGCC approves comprehensive new flowline regulations

DENVER — Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) today approved comprehensive new regulations addressing oversight of flowlines and related infrastructure associated with oil and gas development.

The nine-member commission unanimously approved the updated regulations following three days of testimony from the public, local governments, homebuilders, citizen groups, trade associations and members of the oil and gas industry on more than 20 pages of proposed new and amended rules.

“We believe these new rules are another important step in the aftermath of the Firestone tragedy,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “State government and local municipalities depend on the commitment that industry is doing everything to to keep our communities safe.”

The flowline rules take numerous steps to strengthen requirements for design, installation, maintenance, testing, tracking and abandoning flowlines. Flowlines describe the kinds of pipelines that most typically move fluids around specific oil and gas development locations from wells to separators to storage tanks or to larger pipelines.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Conservation Board, Minority Business Advisory Council, State Innovation Model Advisory Board, and Urban Drainage and Flood Control Districts Board of Directors.

The State Conservation Board coordinates programs, training and organization for the eight state conservation districts and federal agencies; the allocation of state funds; and, serves as co-sponsor of watershed and flood prevention projects.

For a term expiring Dec. 31, 2019:

Margaret E. Lenz of Wray, reappointed.

The Minority Business Advisory Council provides a public forum at which the perspective of minority businesses is brought to the attention of the State and makes recommendations for regulatory changes needed at all levels of government to encourage the initiation, stability and growth of minority businesses in Colorado.

For terms expiring Jan. 31, 2021:

Dee Ann Espinoza of La Jara, to serve as a representative of minority-owned businesses, reappointed;

Helga Grunerud of Lakewood, to serve as a representative of a business association, reappointed;

Barbara Jean Myrick of Colorado Springs, to serve as a representative of minority-owned businesses, reappointed;

Maria Alejandra Spray of Erie, to serve as a representative of minority-owned businesses, reappointed;

Steven Lawrence Trujillo of Pueblo, to serve as a representative of a business association and community representative, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Denver Metropolitan Area Regional Air Quality Council, Scenic and Historic Byways Commission and Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging.

The Denver Metropolitan Area Regional Air Quality Council is the lead agency for air quality planning. The Council prepares air quality plans for the Denver metropolitan region to demonstrate and ensure long-term compliance with federal air quality standards.

For a term expiring April 30, 2018:

Honorable Casey Patrick Tighe of Golden, to serve as a representative of local government in the Denver metropolitan area, and occasioned by the resignation of Shakti of Lakewood, appointed;

For a term expiring April 30, 2021:

Honorable Casey Patrick Tighe of Golden, to serve as a representative of local government in the Denver metropolitan area, reappointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered in honor of El Paso County Deputy Micah Flick

DENVER — Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper tonight ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings tomorrow at sunrise until sunset on the day of the funeral to honor El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick.

Flick, 34, was killed while responding to a motor vehicle theft. Two other deputies, a Colorado Springs police officer and a civilian were injured in the shooting. Flick served the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years.

He is survived by his wife and 7-year-old twins.

Gov. Hickenlooper statement on death of El Paso County sheriff’s deputy and others injured in gun violence

DENVER — Monday, Feb. 05, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper released the following statement following the death of an El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy.

“A senseless act of violence has claimed the life of another member of Colorado’s law enforcement family. Late this afternoon, we learned that El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Micah Flick was killed, two other deputies were injured, as was a Colorado Springs police officer and two bystanders. With the recent loss of now three deputies and many others injured, there’s no denying the grave impact this sequence of shootings is having on our state.

“We will once more come together to provide sympathy and strength for the deputy’s loved ones and pray for the recovery of those injured; however, we also must come together and say enough is enough. We want each officer, every deputy, to know we are grateful for their service.”

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints Sam Walker as new executive director of Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment

DENVER — Friday, Feb. 02, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Sam Walker as the next executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

“Sam brings a lifetime passion to help those who have been left behind in education or training,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Colorado is a leader in innovative programs that address these conditions, and Sam has the intellect, experience, and more importantly, the heart, to take these programs to the next level and become a model for the entire country.”

Walker was most recently the Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer, and previously Chief People (Human Resources) Officer (2012-2016), at Molson Coors Brewing Company. He was instrumental in transforming Molson Coors into a global company, making it more diverse. Prior to Molson Coors, he was a partner at Wiley Rein LLP, in Washington, D.C. Before that, he served in the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor. At the U.S. Department of Labor he managed the 3,000 employee Employment Standards Administration, the largest agency in the department. Walker began his career as an associate with Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson.

Walker is a member of the Colorado and District of Columbia Bar Associations. He also has been active with the Colorado Access to Justice Commission, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, the Denver Salvation Army Harbor Lights program and previously served on the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Walker’s appointment is pending Senate confirmation.

Eight community initiatives recognized for clean energy leadership

DENVER —Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 — The State of Colorado and Compact of Colorado Communities are proud to recognize eight leading community initiatives across the state of Colorado for their leadership in clean energy. The awards were presented last night as part of the three-day Colorado Communities Symposium.

“Across Colorado, local governments are playing a critical role in reducing emissions to address climate change,” Governor John Hickenlooper. “These local programs are laying the groundwork for Colorado’s place as a climate and clean energy leader.”

The awards program recognizes innovative programs and initiatives in the public and private sectors that demonstrate a bold vision for a clean, resilient and prosperous Colorado. Awards given reflected one or more of the following actions:

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