FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, December 8, 2006
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, Mayor’s Office
Mayor Hickenlooper Appoints Deputy Chief Of Staff and Deputy Chief Operating Officer
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Friday his appointment of Amy Mueller to the position of deputy chief of staff and the appointment of LaCharles Keesee II as deputy chief operating officer, both beginning on January 2, 2007.
Mueller has served as deputy manager of the Denver Department of Public Works since August 2004. In her new role, Mueller will work closely with Chief of Staff Kelly Brough to implement the City’s broad agenda, supporting the functions of the Mayor’s Office, ensuring that long-term goals are accomplished and citywide budget goals are met, and serving as the administration’s labor liaison.
Keesee is currently the debt administrator for the Denver Department of Revenue’s Treasury Division, where he has worked since April 2006. In his new role, Keesee will assist Chief Operating Officer Chris Henderson in transitioning the City’s financial structures and processes to the Chief Financial Officer model approved by voters in November. Keesee will also support city managers in the implementation of major operating improvement initiatives, expanding the use of performance metrics and operational reviews to drive ongoing service improvements and deliver efficiencies.
“These appointments add outstanding strategic planning, management, operational and financial experience to our team that will serve Denver citizens and City employees extremely well,” Hickenlooper said. “We look forward to the ideas and energy they will bring to our initiatives.”
Deputy Chief of Staff: Amy K. Mueller
Amy Mueller brings management experience with a large public-sector agency, 15 years of experience in policy, communications and government relations and a strong commitment to public service to her position as deputy chief of staff. She is currently deputy manager of the Denver Department of Public Works where she directs long-term planning, environmental studies, programming, policy and communications efforts.
"Amy Mueller’s dedication, knowledge and professionalism have been significant to the success of Denver’s Public Works,” said Public Works Manager Guillermo "Bill" Vidal. “Her outstanding skills make her an invaluable asset to the City of Denver. While she will be greatly missed as part of the Public Works management team, I am delighted that she will continue her good work as the Deputy Chief of Staff.”
An exceptional strategic planner and problem solver, Mueller created a citywide system to coordinate implementation of the $4.7 billion FasTracks regional transit expansion. She also coordinated the City’s federal transportation funding requests resulting in more than $20 million in earmarks for key Denver infrastructure projects.
Prior to joining the City of Denver, Mueller spent five years with the City of Boulder – first as its intergovernmental coordinator and then policy advisor to city council and the city manager, advising on transportation, land use and other key issues. There she managed Boulder’s efforts to garner local, regional, state and federal support for the U.S. Highway 36 transportation corridor, a $2 billion multi-modal project impacting numerous jurisdictions.
Mueller previously served as legislative director for Governor Roy Romer, where one of her most significant achievements was successfully negotiating a compromise during the 1998 Special Session on legislation necessary to return $563 million in excess revenues to taxpayers.
Before joining the public sector, Mueller worked as a state government relations specialist for Lockheed Martin IMS, as a lobbyist for Tomlinson & Associates, and as director of legislative affairs for the Colorado Student Association. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University and a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado.
Mueller replaces former Deputy Chief of Staff Kelly Brough, who became chief of staff on December 1.
Deputy Chief Operating Officer: LaCharles Keesee II
An accomplished executive with a strong background in financial management, process efficiency and regulatory affairs, LaCharles Keesee II brings proven experience with complex financial negotiations and operations management to his new position as deputy chief operating officer.
In his current role as the City’s debt administrator in the Department of Revenue’s Treasury division, Keesee oversees the daily management of the City’s $5 billion debt portfolio of revenue bonds, oversees City compliance with securities laws for tax-exempt financings, and has managed more than $1 billion of financing transactions.
“I am thrilled to see a person of LaCharles’ caliber land such a prestigious position in the Mayor’s Office,” said Manager of Revenue David Hart. “LaCharles’ many talents will be missed by the Treasury division; however, like Treasury, the entire City government will soon come to appreciate LaCharles’ ability to get things done in a high quality, professional manner.”
Before joining the City, Keesee was vice president and general manager of interconnection strategy for Level 3 Communications in Broomfield, where he developed and implemented a new department structure responsible for generating and managing $150 million in inter-carrier compensation and negotiated inter-company commercial agreements. Keesee previously spent six years in multiple management capacities for ICG Communications in Denver, including senior vice president of industry and corporate affairs and vice president of government affairs. During that time, he managed inter-company compensation, regulatory compliance, operations cost management and government affairs.
No stranger to the public sector, Keesee served as a senior policy advisor to Governor Roy Romer, advising on economic policy issues, including banking, insurance and tax policy. Before joining the Romer administration, he worked as a legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi and a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
A volunteer firefighter with the Skyline Fire Department, Keesee holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Prairie View A&M University in Texas.
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