FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent
Mayor Appoints Penfield Tate to Denver Water Board
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Penfield Tate to the Denver Water Board on Tuesday. Established in 1918, Denver Water is Colorado’s oldest and largest water utility. Its board is responsible for ensuring a continuous supply of water to the City and County of Denver and the nearly 50% of Denver Water customers who live in the surrounding suburbs, all of which involves issues of water collection, storage, quality control, distribution, conservation and pricing.
“Time and again Penfield Tate has demonstrated his ability to bring people together to achieve common goals, experience that will serve us well in addressing our regional water challenges,” Hickenlooper said. “His legal training and varied public- and private-sector experiences on the local, regional and statewide level make him uniquely qualified to serve on this important board.”
Penfield Tate is currently a partner in the Denver-based law firm of Trimble, Tate, Nulan & Evans, P.C., with a practice focused on public finance. A highly regarded Colorado state legislator, Tate served as District 8’s state representative from 1997 to 2000 and as District 33’s state senator from 2001 to 2003. He previously served as president of Tate & Tate, P.C., the executive director of the Colorado Department of Administration, as an aide to former Denver Mayor Federico Peña, and as a trade regulation attorney for the Federal Trade Commission. Active in the community, Tate co-chaired Mayor Hickenlooper’s 400-person volunteer transition team in 2003 and has served on numerous boards and committees including Cerebral Palsy of Colorado, YMCA of Metro Denver, Denver Foundation, Rose Community Foundation Child and Family Committee, Denver Co-Chair for Yes on C & D, and Bell Policy Center. Tate received his bachelors degree in sociology from Colorado State University and his law degree from the Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. He is married to V. Faye Tate and they have a daughter Elleana.
Tate will fill the vacancy created by the expired term of Richard Kirk. The Denver Water Board is composed of five commissioners, appointed by the mayor, who serve staggered six-year terms. Denver Water Board members with ongoing, unexpired terms are Denise Maes and Bill Roberts, both appointed by former Mayor Wellington E. Webb, and George Beardsley and Tom Gougeon, who were appointed by Mayor Hickenlooper in 2004.
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