Mayor Guillermo (Bill) V. Vidal took full advantage of an opportunity today to recognize the City workforce during his final week in office. He attended the City Spirit Picnic in Civic Center Park, distributing lunches to employees and thanking them for their hard work. Vidal leaves office next week after serving the City and its residents for more than seven years in the roles of manager of Public Works, deputy mayor, and mayor of Denver.
“I am proud to have worked in partnership, for so many years, with the professional and dedicated employees of the City and County of Denver,” said Mayor Vidal. “We focused on doing the right thing and, together, we succeeded in building a brighter, more sustainable tomorrow for Denver residents.”
Vidal’s six-month term as Denver mayor ends on Monday, July 18, with the inauguration of Mayor-elect Michael Hancock. Mayor Vidal took office on January 11, 2011, finishing out Mayor John Hickenlooper’s term after Hickenlooper was elected governor of Colorado. Vidal says his administration should be remembered as one that answered a call to duty with no other goal than to do what was right and supportive of the greater good for our community.
“When asked to lead, we stepped up, rolled up our sleeves and got to work, governing responsibly with enthusiasm and high standards of excellence,” said Mayor Vidal. “We realized more success than anyone imagined we could in 189 days and achieved the goals we set for ourselves.”
Some of the accomplishments of the Vidal administration include:
- Resolved long-delayed high-profile police and sheriff discipline cases, with a fair and transparent process resulting in just outcomes and long overdue closure to the community and to the officers and citizens involved.
- Created a roadmap to a balanced budget for 2012, identifying ways to close $75 million of a $100 million dollar budget gap projected for next year and offering options to fully close the gap.
- Streamlined and reorganized processes, structure and management within Denver Human Services to better address service requests, reduce customer wait time, and provide significantly better outcomes for people in need.
- Advanced the DIA South Terminal project and several other new projects with our Better Denver Bond funds. All are helping to create jobs in our community.
- Brought much needed attention to our most vulnerable residents: raising funds for programs for the homeless, encouraging immigrants to continue learning to speak English, and inviting underserved youth to the mayor’s official residence for evenings of art and inspiration, while encouraging them to pursue higher education as a way out of poverty.