DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the appointment of Ashley R. Kilroy as Executive Director of Marijuana Policy for the City and County of Denver.
In this position, Kilroy will recommend, administer and implement medical and retail marijuana policies for Denver. She will oversee and coordinate all marijuana-related activities of various city agencies, employees, boards and commissions.
“Denver is working hard to responsibly implement this unprecedented new law, which will require close collaboration and oversight. This critical role requires a measured and accomplished individual with the ability to coordinate with city and other local, state and federal offices,” Mayor Hancock said. “It is only the beginning and we have a lot of hard work ahead of us. Ashley brings the right skills to the table and I am confident she will continue to be a vital asset to the city in her new position in the Mayor’s Office.”
The Mayor also thanked City Councilman Charlie Brown (Dist. 6) for spurring the idea of a citywide coordinator and for his leadership on the Special Issues: Amendment 64 Committee.
Representing the capital city of the first state to endeavor retail marijuana, Kilroy will work to build collaborative relationships with appropriate state and federal agencies as well as other external stakeholders and the community. She will also be responsible for communicating best practices with other states and municipalities that are looking to legalize medical and/or retail marijuana.
“I am honored that Mayor Hancock has entrusted me with this new appointment,” Kilroy said. “I look forward to this exciting opportunity to guide the city through the implementation of the country’s first fully regulated adult marijuana market while balancing the health, safety and well-being of our residents and youth.”
Kilroy is currently serving as interim Manager of Safety. She will assume the full-time position of Executive Director of Marijuana Policy on Jan. 1 when Deputy Chief of Staff Stephanie O’Malley becomes Executive Director of the Department of Safety.
Kilroy’s professional background includes work as an attorney, mediator and investigator. She has extensive experience as a public servant, including serving as Deputy Manager of the Department of Safety, Senior City Attorney for the City and County of Denver, Deputy General Counsel for Denver Public Schools, and as an Assistant County Attorney for Washington County.
Kilroy is a licensed attorney in the State of Colorado and received a J.D. with Honors from Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana.