E.g., Nov 17 2017
E.g., Nov 17 2017

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Commission on the Aging, Colorado Children's Trust Fund Board, Conservation Easement Oversight Commission, Colorado Interagency Coordinating Council, State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners, Motor Vehicle Dealer Board, Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Health Care and Public Employees’ Retirement Benefit Plans (PERA).

The Colorado Commission on the Aging conducts studies and encourages other organizations to conduct studies of the problems of the state’s elder population. The Commission works to promote and aid in the establishment of local programs and services for the aging and aged.

For a term expiring July 1, 2018:
Sean C. Wood, CFP, AIF, CAP of Evergreen, to serve as a Republican from Congressional District 2, and occasioned by the death of Jeffrey David Moulton of Boulder, appointed.

The Colorado Children's Trust Fund Board provides funding to programs around the State of Colorado that focus on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The primary goals of the Board are to reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect for Colorado's children and to reduce the need for state intervention in child abuse prevention and education.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Emergency Medical Practice Advisory Council and the Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners.

The Emergency Medical Practice Advisory Council (EMPAC) advises the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) regarding the appropriate scope of practice for emergency medical technicians, including waivers to the scope of practice, and for criteria for physicians to serve as EMS medical directors.

For terms expiring Oct. 15, 2021:
Diana E. Koelliker of Telluride, a physician actively serving as an emergency medical service medical director and practicing in rural or frontier counties, reappointed;
Nathaniel J. Lenn of Pueblo West, an emergency medical technician certified at any level who is actively involved in the provision of emergency medical services, appointed;
Kevin E. McVaney, MD of Littleton, a physician actively serving as an emergency medical service medical director and practicing in any area of the state, reappointed;
Shannon Smith Sovndal, MD, FACEP of Longmont, a physician actively serving as an emergency medical service medical director and practicing in urban counties, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces a Boards and Commissions appointment

DENVER — Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced a Boards and Commissions appointment to the Governor’s Commission on Community Service.

The Governor’s Commission on Community Service shall recommend to the Governor a comprehensive national and community service plan for the state that is developed through an open and public process and updated annually. The plan shall address the state’s needs in the areas of school safety, preventing youth violence, literacy and mentoring or disadvantaged youth. The Commission also administers funds received from the Corporation on National and Community Service.

For a term expiring Aug. 24, 2020:
Eric Scott Naff of Parker, to serve as a representative with knowledge of community service, and occasioned by the resignation of Elizabeth Anne Moore Mueller of Denver, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor the victims of Sutherland Springs attack

DENVER — Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings until sunset Nov. 9 to honor the victims of the attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas and as proclaimed by President Donald Trump.

The full text of the president’s proclamation:

Office of the Press Secretary
November 6, 2017


Governor proposes Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget request, includes plan to address unfunded pension liabilities

DENVER — Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 — Today Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 State budget request to the Joint Budget Committee of the General Assembly. Relative to expected FY 2017-18 appropriations, the request reflects a total funds budget of $30.5 billion, an increase of just under $1.09 billion or 3.7 percent. In the General Fund, the request totals $11.5 billion, an increase of $292.1 million or 2.6 percent.

The Governor wrote that the passage of Senate Bill 17-267 materially and positively changed the State’s financial outlook compared with one year ago, when the budget request closed a $500 million funding gap in the General Fund.

“Significant progress was made last year to address critical needs in Colorado,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “This new budget supports education and public safety needs across the state. But history tells us to be ready for when times are not as good. By building up reserves and shoring our pension plan, this proposal meets the needs of today and provides a buffer for tomorrow.”

The budget request sets aside a sufficient amount of expected collections to grow the State’s General Fund budget reserve to 7.0 percent of spending from the current 6.5 percent target.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints new district court judge in Second Judicial District

DENVER — Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Christopher Baumann as a District Court Judge in the Second Judicial District. He fills a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Sheila Rappaport.

Baumann is currently the Office Head and Deputy State Public Defender for the Colorado Public Defenders Office in Denver, a role he has held since 2010. During his time with the Public Defenders Office, Baumann has specialized in death penalty litigation. He has worked with the Colorado Public Defender's Office since 2002. From 2004-2005, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Litigation/Employment Law Section. From 2001-2002, he was an associate with the law firm of Levy, Morse & Wheeler, P.C. His first job out of law school was as a staff attorney in the Supreme Court of Louisiana from 2000-2001. He was a member of the United States Army Reserve from 1994-2002, and served in the Ready Reserve in Boulder from 1994-1997. He earned his B.A. from the University of Colorado in 1997, and his J.D. from Tulane University in 2000.

Baumann’s appointment is effective Dec. 31, 2017.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces resignation of Executive Director Sue Birch from Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

DENVER — Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper today announced Sue Birch will leave her role as Executive Director of the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) to become the Health Care Authority Director for Washington State.

“Sue has ushered Colorado through incredible changes to our health care system,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “With her guidance, we’ve expanded coverage for all Coloradans, streamlined services and worked to contain costs. She has been an integral part of my Cabinet and will be missed.”

Hickenlooper appointed Birch to lead HCPF in January of 2011. She was among the first of the Governor's Cabinet appointees.

“It’s been an honor to serve Coloradans over the past six and a half years,” said Executive Director Susan E. Birch, MBA, BSN, RN. “I’m proud of the steps our state has taken collaboratively with partners, providers and other stakeholders to be the healthiest state in the nation. I’ll miss Colorado but am excited to continue working toward health system transformation.”

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointment

DENVER — Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced a Boards and Commissions appointment to the State Board of Human Services.

The State Board of Human Services adopts policies, rules and regulations for the administration of the Department of Human Services. The Board adjusts the minimum award for old age pensions for changes in the cost of living. The Board also adopts rules and regulations concerning foster care and adoption procedures, mental health programs, alcohol and drug abuse programs and developmental disabilities programs.

For a term expiring March 1, 2021:
Desta Meklit Taye-Channell of Denver, to serve as a member of the public, and occasioned by the resignation of Dennis Edward Swain of Northglenn, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper and Skillful launch statewide career coaching professional development program to help Colorado job seekers prepare for digital economy

DENVER — Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and Skillful announced today the launch of the Governor’s Coaching Corps, a program designed to bring together talented career coaching professionals. The Corps is an innovative investment in frontline career coaching professionals to develop new practices that will help Colorado job seekers navigate the challenges of a labor market being rapidly transformed by technology.

“We’re proud of the fact that Colorado has the strongest economy in the country. Still, we have plenty of work to do and that starts with ensuring every Coloradan is prepared to succeed in the new jobs that will drive our future,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Skillful offers enormous promise when it comes to empowering job seekers, coaches, and employers alike. The Coaching Corps takes this work one step further, ensuring our workforce professionals have the resources and support necessary to support Colorado as a leader in the national digital economy.”