DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today named Jose Cornejo as Manager of the Denver Department of Public Works, a critical position within the Hancock Administration. The Mayor also appointed current interim-manager George Delaney to Chief Operating Officer for the Department.
“I’m excited to welcome Jose to our dedicated, diverse City leadership team. His executive caliber, exceptional expertise and global vision will strengthen the Department, and help to deliver a world-class city where everyone matters.” Mayor Hancock said. “Jose and George will be a formidable pair to continue providing top-level services to our residents, maintaining our unique neighborhoods and upholding Denver’s high quality of life.”
As Manager, Cornejo will ensure the City is maintaining current infrastructure investments; providing vital services to residents; managing major operations; and planning, strategizing and executing significant Denver projects. He will be sworn-in on April 13.
“I am honored to be joining this high performing department and its dedicated, hard-working employees,” said Cornejo. “I look forward to working hand-in-hand with our team, City agencies and community partners to build on this strong foundation. Together, we will provide the highest level of customer service and work to make the Department better, faster and stronger.”
Cornejo will be tasked with developing, designing and improving services involving public infrastructure and facilities, as well as building stronger partnerships with City agencies, like Development Services, to drive economic development throughout Denver.
“More than 30 years ago, Jose joined J.F. Sato as a structural engineer and quickly advanced to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer,” said James F. Sato, founder of J.F. Sato and Associates. “He has gained the respect of the profession, community and clients because of his personal and professional integrity. His analytical mindset and people skills will serve the Mayor and the citizens of Denver well.”
The position of Public Works Chief Operating Officer is a new role created to focus on overseeing nearly 1,000 employees and managing efficient operations like construction of buildings, sewers, streets, solid waste collection, traffic control systems, right of way enforcement and snow removal. In this position, Delaney will continue to ensure business operations are efficient and effective and that resources are managed in a fiscally responsible manner.
“George is a dedicated City steward and a well-respected manager who has brought a common sense approach to Public Works,” Mayor Hancock said. “I am so pleased he will continue his bold leadership within the Department.”
Cornejo is an engineer with over 30 years of experience in successfully managing a wide range of infrastructure projects for the private and public sector. He has extensive experience in large-scale sustainable and retrofit design, transportation projects, and infrastructure development such as heavy and light industrial complexes and multi-use and recreational facilities.
Cornejo most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of J.F. Sato and Associates (JFSA), a medium-sized engineering firm in Littleton. He began his tenure in 1983, working his way up to becoming the President and CEO in 2008. He is responsible for the administrative, financial and technical operation of the firm, including strategic planning and implementation for the company as well as for each department.
Prior to working at J.F. Sato, Cornejo worked as a structural engineer at Michael Vanek & Associates and as a geotechnical engineer at FM Fox. He is bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish.
Delaney was appointed interim-Manager of Denver Public Works in January 2011 by Guillermo “Bill” Vidal. Before assuming this role, he had served as Deputy Manager of Finance and Administration for Denver Public Works since 2005. His responsibilities included overseeing an annual Public Works Department operations budget of approximately $200 million dollars and a capital improvement budget of $174 million dollars. Delaney also helped lead budget reductions across the Department while maintaining excellent customer service delivery to the citizens.
Prior to working at the City, Delaney served as the Acting Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration for the Colorado Community College System. Additionally, he worked as Director of the Colorado Office of State Planning and Budgeting, where he was responsible for developing the annual executive operating and capital construction budget.