DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the appointment of two cabinet members to join the Hancock Administration. The new additions are Adrienne Benavidez who will serve as Manager of General Services and Scott Field who will serve as the Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEM).
“These appointees are experts in their fields and we are excited to welcome them to our strong team of leaders,” Mayor Hancock said. “We are working diligently to find the best and the brightest for this administration and the addition of Adrienne and Scott will allow us to provide continued, high-quality services to the City.”
Mayor Hancock has appointed eight cabinet members and 39 staff members to his administration since July 18, fulfilling his promise to hit the ground running and allowing the City to maintain a consistent level of support for its residents.
The Mayor appointed Benavidez and Field to continue a positive transition. The new cabinet member’s expertise in their fields of work as well as their aptitude to maintain Mayor Hancock’s goals of transparency, openness to the community and world-class customer service will help to continue this work.
“It is an honor to join such a strong team of public servants,” Benavidez said. “I look forward to working towards the goals of this administration, improving levels of service and efficiency throughout the City.”
Benavidez has a strong background in project and organizational management within State government. Serving since 2007 as the Director of Finance and Procurement for the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration, an office similar to General Services, she oversaw the development and initiation of several major initiatives that provided efficiencies and savings for the state. Those programs include a statewide e-procurement system, improved procurement card program including $2 million in additional revenue, increased collections recoveries by 30% annually and the reengineering of business processes to create greater efficiencies.
Previously, she was the Executive Director of Color of Justice developing strong relationships with neighborhoods and communities throughout the City and State. She also practiced as a civil and commercial litigator and bankruptcy attorney. She received a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado.
Field has over eighteen years of local, state and federal experience in emergency response and planning. He currently serves as the interim Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Prior to assuming this responsibility, he has served the City since 2007 as the Deputy Director and the Exercise and Training Specialist for Denver’s OEM. During this time, he has provided planning, training, and educational programs to assist and prepare Denver residents, agencies, and private organizations for emergency situations.
Prior to his work with the City, Field assumed similar roles in Santa Fe, New Mexico with the New Mexico State Office of Emergency Management. He also served as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and a Captain in the U.S. Army. Field received his Bachelors of Science at the U.S. Military Academy, WestPoint, a diploma from the FBI, Quantico and carries numerous safety management certifications.
“Adrienne and Scott have been strong stewards for the City and the State for years and I trust that they will keep the best interest of the city a priority at all times,” Mayor Hancock said.