Denver City Council President Chris Nevitt announced today that Council has hired a new Executive Director. Janna Bergquist has accepted Council’s offer. She is schedule to join the City Council staff on December 12 at an annual salary of $100,000.
Ms. Bergquist was selected from almost 150 applicants following an extensive vetting and interview process. She is currently a divisional Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor.
Prior to holding that position, Ms. Bergquist worked for the Dept. of Labor’s Office of Congressional Affairs and was Legislative Director for two Congressmen. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oregon.
“We are very pleased that Ms. Bergquist has accepted our offer and will be joining the City Council team,” said Councilman Nevitt. “We believe her skills and experience will be a major asset to Council and, by extension, to the entire City. We’re excited to welcome her into the City family.”
Said Bergquist, “After years in Washington, DC, I’m so excited to be returning to my Rocky Mountain roots and be working at the municipal level of government, where the rubber truly meets the road. Denver is a first-class city, and I’m proud to become a part of it.”
Ms. Bergquist will be working for the Denver City Council, the legislative branch of the City government. Council consists of 11 members elected from specific districts and two elected citywide. Each member has one or two aides. The Council’s central staff includes three professional legislative analysts, the Council Secretary and a legislative assistant.
Former Council Director Lauri Dannemiller was sworn in today as Mayor Hancock’s Manager of Denver’s Department of Parks & Recreation.