Hickenlooper Appoints New Manager of General Services

Hickenlooper Appoints New Manager of General Services

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Lindy Eichenbaum Lent or Sarah Moss, 720-865-9016

Hickenlooper Appoints New Manager of General Services

(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Wednesday his appointment of Kevin Patterson as the City and County of Denver’s new Manager of General Services, starting on September 17, 2007.

“Kevin Patterson’s extensive and diverse experience within Denver City government will be a tremendous asset as he leads General Services’ ongoing efforts to provide the most efficient, cost-effective and high-quality administrative services of any city in the nation – supplying the infrastructure that enables Denver’s City government to function at its best, both internally and externally,” Hickenlooper said. “He has been an invaluable member of our administration, and we look forward to having him in the Cabinet.”

General Services is the operational hub of Denver’s local government, providing internal support to City functions through the following divisions: Facilities Planning and Management, Purchasing, Utilities, Theatres and Arenas, and Central Services (the City’s mail services and printing/copying center).

“Being part of the City Team for 14 years and the Hickenlooper administration for the past four has provided incredible opportunities to serve the community,” Patterson said. “I look forward to working with the talented team in General Services to provide the strongest foundation possible to support the City’s vast array of services, functions and programs.”

An accomplished manager and administrator with 14 years of experience with the City and County of Denver spanning three departments, Patterson will bring his proven experience in strategic planning, program administration and personnel management to his new position as Manager of General Services.

Currently the Deputy Manager of the Denver Department of Human Services (DDHS), Patterson led the department’s efforts to redesign its human resources division, created significant improvements in the Office of Drug Strategy, implemented the City’s new energy assistance program, strengthened the working relationship with Denver Public Schools, helped increase child care enrollment, and improved staff training systems, recognition programs and internal communications. He also manages the contract for the DDHS call center.

Patterson previously served in an administrative operations role for Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department (CPD). In addition to managing the Department’s budgetary operations, he helped transition permits from a paper-based system into an electronic system while eliminating a two-year backlog of filing and oversaw the move coordination for CPD’s physical move from the Permit Center to the then-newly constructed Webb Municipal Office Building.

As a budget analyst and budget supervisor in Denver’s Budget and Management Office, he served on the committee to transition Denver Human Services employees from the State of Colorado merit system to the Denver Career Service Authority. He also helped track the expansions of the Denver Public Library resulting from the 1989 bond issue.

Before joining the City and County of Denver in 1993, he served three years as a Citizens’ Advocate in the Colorado Governor’s Office. Patterson, who began his career as a middle school teacher in Texas, currently serves on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education – first elected in 2001 and re-elected in 2005. An elected member of the Colorado Association of School Boards, Patterson also serves on the Denver Workforce Investment Board and the Denver Consolidated Child Care Pilot.

Patterson holds a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Sam Houston State University in Texas, and both a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver.

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Posted on Aug 08, 2007 (Archive on Oct 07, 2007)
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