DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today appointed Stacie Loucks as the new Director of the Department of Excise and Licenses. Loucks will oversee the issuance of more than 100 business, liquor and marijuana licenses, as well as the delivery of world-class customer service to new Denver businesses. She will assume the role on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.
“Excise and Licenses is our front line for getting businesses up and running in Denver,” Mayor Hancock said. “With a focus on providing the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost, I have the utmost confidence that Stacie will bring a new energy to this department and help to deliver the best customer service to Denver neighborhoods and businesses.”
The Department of Excise and Licenses is the central licensing department for the City and County of Denver. Types of licenses managed and issued by the department include retail and wholesale food operations, emergency and non emergency vehicles, body artists and facilities, boarding homes and childcare centers, merchant guards, pedal cabs and peddlers, taxi/limousine drivers, central alarm operators, liquor and cabaret, medical marijuana centers and retail marijuana stores. The department is also responsible for the public hearing process that accompanies most business licensing.
This past September, Loucks led a Peak Performance team into the Department of Excise and Licenses to drive process improvements and ensure cost-effective, timely service delivery as the city prepared to accept retail marijuana license applications beginning on Oct. 1, 2013. Focus areas for the team included eliminating any residual backlog of eligible licensing applications, streamlining the application process in place, and coordinating the retail and medical marijuana processes. This work was critical to the city’s highly successful rollout of retail marijuana sales on Jan. 1, 2014.
“I want to thank Mayor Hancock for this opportunity and say how excited I am to take on the job ahead,” Loucks said. “I have had the privilege of working with this fine team the past several months as we responsibly and effectively embarked on the regulation of retail marijuana sales. I look forward to leading the department as we work to implement new and innovative ways to ensure a responsible and successful business environment in Denver.”
Loucks currently serves as Deputy Legislative Director and agency liaison to the Department of Excise and Licenses for the Mayor’s Office. For the past three years and spanning two administrations, she has worked on a variety of policy and legislative issues, including the city’s implementation of Amendment 64. Loucks also currently serves on the Mayor’s Taxi and Limo Council, which was created by Mayor Hancock in 2011 and is commissioned to advise the Mayor on herdic licensing in the city.
Loucks previously worked as Resident Program Officer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on local government capacity building programs for the International Republican Institute non-governmental organization. She is also a former executive director of the Lowry Foundation and Lowry Community Master Association registered neighborhood organization.
Loucks holds a Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies from Lewis and Clark College and is a Black Belt graduate of Denver’s Peak Academy city employee training program.