FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sue Cobb or Revekka Balancier
Hickenlooper Names Director of Legislative Services
(Denver) Mayor John Hickenlooper today announced his appointment of R.D. Sewald as Director of Legislative Services. He will join the Mayor’s Office May 5.
“R.D. Sewald will be a terrific addition to our team,” Hickenlooper said. “His experience in Denver City government coupled with his strong working relationships with City Council ensure he will hit the ground running in his new position.”
City Council President Michael Hancock added, “R.D. is a great hire. He is highly regarded by Council and we look forward to working with him in this new capacity.”
Sewald succeeds City Council Liaison Roberto Venegas, who will move to a new post as a Policy Advisor to the Mayor. Sewald will work closely with Deputy City Council Liaison Amber Callender.
Sewald brings 12 years of City experience to his new role. Five of those have been with City Auditor Dennis Gallagher as Director of Government and Community Affairs and Mayor/Council Liaison. Prior to that, Sewald served seven years in the administration of Mayor Wellington Webb as Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development, Director of Neighborhood Inspection Services, City Council Liaison for Community Planning and Development, and Press Intern
Sewald also worked as Deputy Field Director of the Webb for Mayor campaign in 1995 and Denver Field Director of the Romer for Governor campaign in 1994.
“I’m very pleased that Mayor Hickenlooper is hiring R.D. as legislative director,” Auditor Gallagher said. “It’s a real compliment to him and to our office. R.D. has done an excellent job communicating the needs of the independent Auditor’s Office to the Mayor, City Council and the neighborhoods. His enthusiasm and political wisdom will be a great asset for the Administration. I look forward to working with R.D. in his new role.”
Sewald is a Denver native. He is married to Abby Goldsmith, and they have three sons. Active in the Denver community, Sewald has coached the men’s varsity lacrosse team at East High School since 2005.
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