Executive Director's Office
The Executive Director of the Department of Public Safety is a cabinet-level position appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the state Senate. The Executive Director oversees the department’s five operating divisions, which were created by the Colorado General Assembly. The divisions are: the Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Division of Criminal Justice, the Division of Fire Prevention and Control, and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
The Executive Director’s Office (EDO) provides administrative and management services to the operating divisions of the department. This includes the Executive Director and Deputy Director; and the staff in the Financial Services Section; Human Resource Services Section; and the Planning and Resource Development Team.
The Financial Services Section processes all contracts for the department, reviews and approves the procurement of goods and services, manages payroll and maintains records for all members, approves payment of the department's bills and processes accounts payable to CDPS agencies.
The CDPS Human Resource Services Section provides a wide range of services, including recruitment and selection of new employees, and oversees transfer and promotional opportunities within the department. This section also provides assistance and information to members on compensation, performance management and evaluation, job descriptions and classification, supervision and management, employee benefits, training and professional development, and employee relations.
The Planning and Resource Development Team is comprised of the department’s budget officer and budget staff, legislative liaison, risk manager, leased space/facilities coordinator, policy director, and public information officer (PIO). These staff members prepare the CDPS annual budget requests, and coordinate all budgetary responses and information; research, prepare and coordinate the department’s and divisions’ strategic plans; respond to and track legislative fiscal notes; serve as the department's liaison to the General Assembly, track legislative bills, and keep the department informed about all pertinent legislation; develop and implement department-level policy, rules and procedures; respond to Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) and Criminal Justice Records Act (CJRA) requests, handle media inquiries and coordinate press releases and other public functions; and serve as the department’s spokesperson to many sectors of government and the private sector.