Mayor Hickenlooper Appoints Stephanie Y. O’Malley as Clerk and Recorder
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper announced today his appointment of Stephanie Y. O’Malley to the position of Denver’s Clerk and Recorder. O’Malley, who has served as the Director of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses for more than three years, replaces Wayne Vaden and will serve as one of three Denver Election Commissioners while overseeing the functions of Public Trustee, City Clerk, and Ex-Officio Clerk of the City and County of Denver.
“We are grateful to Wayne Vaden for his service to the City and are excited that Stephanie O’Malley has embraced the challenge of serving as Clerk and Recorder during this time of transition,” Hickenlooper said. “As Director of the Department of Excise and Licenses, Stephanie has overhauled and streamlined the operation, improving the City’s business and liquor licensing and alarm permitting with an emphasis on customer service and community engagement. We are confident that Stephanie’s extensive knowledge of the law and City processes—combined with her determined and inclusive leadership style—are exactly what Denver needs at this unique point in our history to drive improvements to Denver’s election process.”
An experienced Denver attorney, O’Malley was appointed as Director of Excise and Licenses in October 2003, bringing to the City 13 years of legal experience in both the public and private sectors.
“Stephanie’s sharp legal mind along with her ability to create and implement operational processes that enhance efficiencies and productivity will bode very well for the Clerk and Recorder’s Office,” said Alan Dill, Managing Partner of Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings P.C., a Denver-based law firm specializing in business formation, alcohol and gaming licensing, litigation and securities law. “She has demonstrated her ability to take a department in a positive direction. Stephanie will be missed by businesses and individuals like me who interact with the Department of Excise and Licenses on a regular basis.”
Under O’Malley’s leadership, the Department of Excise and Licenses implemented policies and procedures that significantly reduced the amount of time it once took to process applications for State-issued liquor licenses and City-issued cabaret licenses. O’Malley and her staff successfully worked in conjunction with Denver’s Department of Technology Services to find solutions to many problems that once plagued the department’s internal database system. With support from Mayor Hickenlooper, O’Malley also chaired the 2004 Liquor/Cabaret Task Force and Commission, a group comprised of various stakeholders who engaged in a comprehensive review of licensing-related issues.
“Stephanie has always welcomed and listened to input from residents and neighborhood organizations when evaluating new license applications,” said Michael Henry, Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation Zoning Committee Chair. “Her emphasis on community feedback will ensure that citizens’ voices are heard in both the Clerk and Recorder’s office and at the Denver Election Commission, which will be critically important.”
The Clerk and Recorder records, preserves, and makes available to the public certain vital documents related to real estate transactions, marriages, City Council proceedings, and other records. The Department of the Clerk and Recorder has daily interaction with both individual residents and private-sector businesses such as title companies.
Prior to joining the City, O’Malley worked as an attorney for Patton Boggs in Denver. As a member of the firm’s Public Policy practice group, she provided expertise on matters dealing with municipal government, legislative bodies, political subdivisions, community-based organizations, business development and corporate citizenship.
O’Malley previously worked in the litigation practice group of Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy where she practiced commercial litigation, including employment law. As a Deputy District Attorney for Jefferson County, both in the Juvenile Division and the County Court Division, she was responsible for combined court dockets of approximately 700 cases. O’Malley began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable R. Michael Mullins in Denver District Court.
A Denver native, O’Malley serves as a board member of Zion Baptist Church, the Denver School of Science and Technology, and NEDCO Nursing, Inc. She is Vice President of Friends of the African-American Research Library. In 2003, she was a member of the Denver Public Schools Citizens Committee for DPS’ bond initiative and chairperson of the “New Schools” committee.
O’Malley received her law degree from the University of Denver and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Howard University.
Deputy Director Helen Gonzales will serve as Acting Director of the Department of Excise and Licenses.
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