Hickenlooper Appoints Managers for Parks & Recreation and General Services
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper held a news conference in his office Thursday to announce his appointees for Manager of Parks and Recreation and Manager of General Services.
“The talent and experience of these two appointees reflects the enormous importance of the two departments they will lead,” Hickenlooper said. “When it comes to the City services and amenities that taxpayers value most, Parks and Recreation is always at the top of the list. Our parks system is the envy of cities across the country, and serves as the backyard and living room for thousand of our citizens. The long term maintenance of our parks pose a significant management challenge, as does the provision of quality recreation programs. I will work hard with my team at Parks and Recreation to make sure we take care of, what I consider to be the best parks in the nation, and provide a recreation system that serves the needs of our citizens from age nine to 90.”
“It is my challenge to the Department of General Services and to myself to have the most efficient and best managed administrative services of any city in the nation,” Hickenlooper said. “General Services’ maintenance of public office buildings, management of the City’s information technology infrastructure, and handling of the City’s purchasing/procurement needs, provides the infrastructure that enables Denver city government to function internally and externally.”
“I believe I owe it to both the City’s customers and the City’s employees to find top-notch leaders for these two departments. I am pleased to announce today two people very capable of responding to the challenges they will confront.”
Manager of Parks and Recreation: Kim M. Bailey
A veteran of the nationally renowned Chicago Park District, Kim Bailey will bring her parks management experience and expertise west as Denver’s new Manager of Parks and Recreation.
In her current capacity as Region Manager for the Chicago Park District, Bailey was responsible for overseeing the complete operations of the Chicago Park District’s recreation programs, facilities and grounds for 123 parks (46 staffed recreation centers; 77 passive areas) on Chicago’s Southeast side, totaling approximately 1,400 acres. She managed a $20 million annual operating budget, 650 year-round employees, and a regional management staff performing recreation, financial, human resources, marketing and communications, security, facility management, forestry, and landscape operations duties.
As an Area Manager for the Chicago Park District, Bailey was responsible for ensuring the quality of leisure and recreation programming, facility and ground maintenance, staff recruitment and development, community outreach and the monitoring of capital improvement projects. Bailey’s previous roles with the Chicago Park District also include serving as a field-based program specialist and staff training facilitator.
An expert on youth development, Bailey co-authored “The role of social capital in youth development: The case of ‘I Have a Dream’ programs, which was published in 1999, and has presented numerous academic papers on the social development of youth as a research assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a senior research associate at Stanford University.
Bailey received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northeastern University, a master’s degree in counselor education from New York University, and is working toward her doctorate in educational policy and administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Manager of General Services: Luis A. Colón
An accomplished executive with a strong background in strategic planning and process analysis and reengineering, Luis Colón will bring his proven experience in operations management, performance measurement and cost reduction initiatives to his new position as Manager of General Services.
Presently, Colón is the Director of Strategic and Business Planning at Denver-based Source One Management, Inc., a provider of integrated business solutions for governments and corporations nationwide. In this capacity, he works with senior leadership to identify and evaluate issues and opportunities, such as standardizing operating processes and improving performance and customer satisfaction.
Previously, he was a Principal in the Strategy group of Boulder-based XOR Inc., where he managed high performance teams working with clients to develop e-business strategies and implementation planning. As a Principal for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Broomfield, Colón managed consulting teams and advised clients on improving efficiencies through enhanced business and procurement strategies. As a Manager at A.T. Kearney, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he helped clients address strategic planning, performance measurement, cost reduction, and operating efficiency initiatives. As a project engineer for Eli Lilly & Co., he managed multi-million dollar facility construction projects and provided day-to-day support of manufacturing operations.
Colón serves on the board of trustees for Mesa State College in Grand Junction, the board of directors for Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and on the advisory board for the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Colón holds a bachelors degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in mechanical and industrial engineering from the University of Cambridge (England), and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
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