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email@example.comJames Mejía Hired as Justice Center Project Manager
The City and County of Denver has hired former Denver Parks and Recreation Manager and former Denver Public Schools Board Member James Mejía as project manager for the Justice Center. Mejia’s selection for the eight-month contract position was publicly announced at the Civic Center District Master Plan public meeting on August 28.
“James is a widely respected community leader with a proven record of large-scale project management and coalition-building,” Mayor John Hickenlooper said. “After completing his latest degree at Princeton, we are fortunate to have him back in Denver and to have him involved on this important project. James’ experience will be a tremendous asset as we work with the community, City Council and city agencies to move the Justice Center initiative forward.”
As recommended by the Urban Land Institute in April, there is an urgent need for an expanded justice center that includes new detention and court facilities. While expanding current detention facilities is necessary, the Hickenlooper administration is simultaneously committed to evaluating diversionary programs to help limit the growth of the jail population. As project manager, Mejía will serve as a liaison to the community and City Council, coordinating the Justice Center project and preparing it for a bond initiative election in May 2005.
“We are working with the Golden Triangle neighborhood to ensure that the community is involved in every step of the project, including facility design,” Mejía said. “We recognize the need to integrate the architecture and design of the buildings into the community and help create connections between the Civic Center district and the Golden Triangle neighborhood.”
As Manager of Denver Parks and Recreation for the last two years of the Webb administration, Mejía decreased the department’s budget by 20% and implemented a 5% park expansion while completing a 50-year strategic plan, the first adopted by City Council in the Department’s 100+ year history. He previously served as deputy director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade and executive director of the City’s Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations.
Prior to joining the City, Mejía served as president and chief operating officer for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as a trade specialist for the Colorado International Trade Office. In 1999, he was elected as an at-large member of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. Mejía has served on a number boards throughout the years including the Winter Park Recreational Association, the Denver Zoological Foundation, Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Library Commission, the Rocky Mountain District Export Council, and Urban Peak. Mejía holds a bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from Arizona State University and a recently acquired Master of Public Policy from Princeton University.
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