DENVER – Mayor Michael Hancock today reappointed Tom Gougeon and Penfield Tate III to Denver’s Board of Water Commissioners, maintaining a strong Board to lead Colorado’s oldest and largest water utility into the 21st Century.
“These two men have been committed to the sustainability of our City, while keeping the best interest of our residents and statewide partners at the forefront of their work,” Mayor Hancock said. “I believe they have earned the trust of the people and will continue to provide stable leadership during a critical time in Denver Water’s history.”
Denver Water serves 1.3 million people and is responsible for the collection, storage, quality control and distribution of drinking water to nearly one-fourth of all Coloradans.
The mayor of Denver is tasked with appointing the five-member Board of Water Commissioners to six-year terms. Gougeon was initially appointed in 2004 by former Mayor John Hickenlooper when Dan Muse and Andrew Wallach resigned from the Board. He was reappointed in 2005 for a full term. Tate was appointed to the Board by former Mayor Hickenlooper in 2005 as well.
Gougeon is president of the Gates Family Foundation. He previously served as chair of the Nature Conservancy of Colorado and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, and was a principle for Continuum Partners LLC, a Colorado-based development company known for its pedestrian-oriented and environmentally sustainable building projects. He previously served as executive director of the W.M.B. Berger Foundation and as the CEO of the Stapleton Redevelopment Foundation.
Gougeon’s experience with Denver issues related to budget, finance, redevelopment, capital construction, housing, transportation, natural resources and federal relations maintains a wealth of institutional knowledge for the Board. As a policy analyst for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he worked on the Clean Air Act, western energy development and public land issues. Gougeon has served on the boards of the Piton Foundation, the Stapleton Foundation for sustainable Urban Communities and the Denver Urban Renewal Authority.
Tate is a former state legislator and a shareholder in the Public Finance Group at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig. Tate has wide-ranging experience representing public entities, lenders and underwriters engaged in financing public improvements, and advising local and state governments in the their administrative responsibilities. A highly regarded Colorado state legislator, Tate served as state representative of District 8 from 1997 to 2000 and as state senator of District 33 from 2001 to 2003. He has served as executive director of the Department of Administration for former Governor Roy Romer, as well as on both the State of Colorado Banking Board and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority.
Tate brings a unique set of financial skills to the Board, having served as bond counsel for financings by public entities throughout Colorado which amount to more than $1 billion and as underwriter for financings by public entities throughout the U.S. which amount to more than $3.3 billion.
The members of the Board of Water Commissioners with ongoing service are President John Lucero, Board First Vice President Greg Austin and Paula Hermark, all appointed by former Mayor Hickenlooper.
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