DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the appointment of Cary Kennedy as Deputy Mayor for the City and County of Denver. Currently serving as the City's Chief Financial Officer, Kennedy will stand second in the mayoral line of succession, acting as chief executive when the Mayor is unavailable.
"Cary is a natural fit to serve as our Deputy Mayor due to the nature of her position as CFO and her in-depth knowledge of the city," Mayor Hancock said. "Having grown up in Denver, she has a rich understanding of the inner workings and a deep love of the city that will serve this administration and the people of Denver well."
Kennedy previously served as the Colorado State Treasurer from 2007 to 2011. A sound fiscal manager, she effectively protected and grew the states investments through the worst recession in over 70 years.
Before serving as Treasurer, Kennedy worked as a budget analyst for Gov. Roy Romer, followed serving as a fiscal analyst for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. She left the Department to lead a broad bi-partisan coalition to increase funding for Colorado’s public schools through passing Amendment 23 in November of 2000. From 2004 to 2005, Kennedy served as policy director for House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and assisted in developing Colorado’s Referendum C, which voters passed in 2005. She has received high accolades from city and state leaders because of her dedication to public service and her ability to work in a fair manner.
"It's an honor to be chosen to serve as Mayor Hancock's Deputy Mayor," Kennedy said. "This position comes with great responsibility, but should the need arise, I know I am up to the challenge."
A 1991 charter amendment changed the line of succession, allowing the mayor to designate a Deputy Mayor from among his or her department managers. As CFO, Kennedy is responsible for managing the city and county's finances and presenting the Mayor with the annual budget estimate. Kennedy was sworn-in as Deputy Mayor this morning at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23.