DENVER — Tuesday, June 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Joe Neguse is resigning as executive director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).
Neguse accomplished much in his two years as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. He was appointed in June 2015 at the age of 31 - making him one of the youngest state-Cabinet members in the U.S. (and one of the youngest ever in Colorado history). As Executive Director, Neguse applied his energy to the difficult work of reinventing government, guiding the agency through substantial reorganizations and significant regulatory accomplishments.
“Joe may be the youngest member of my Cabinet, but his accomplishments reflect that of a veteran,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “He has been an invaluable asset to DORA as he consistently worked to cut red tape all the while championing consumer protection. We will miss his leadership, but wish him much success.”
During his tenure the Department achieved important consumer protection victories, including millions of dollars recovered for consumers, significant investigations culminating in important civil rights and criminal fraud cases, and securing important consumer protection legislation, such as the ‘Protect Seniors from Financial Abuse Act’ signed by the Governor earlier this month. Neguse also made supporting economic development a priority, including leading efforts to cut red tape, improving processes such as streamlining licensing pathways for military veterans, and expanding broadband access in rural parts of the state through the Broadband Deployment Board.
“As Chief Operating Officer for the State of Colorado, I have worked with a number of remarkable managers. Joe is among the best,” said Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne.
A hallmark of his tenure was the technological modernization of the Department’s services, including implementing online services for professional and business licensing and permitting. Under his direction, DORA launched the state’s first online system for the filing of civil rights complaints, as well as online “chat” services for customers and a “one-stop shop” for consumers.
Neguse will leave the position June 26, 2017.