DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced a new Parks and Recreation leadership team that will strengthen service, programs and facilities throughout Denver.
Mayor Hancock has appointed Lauri Dannemiller as Manager of Parks and Recreation, Scott Gilmore as Deputy Manager of Parks and Erin Brown as Deputy Manager of Recreation.
“To deliver a world-class city where everyone matters we must provide the best and most efficient services to Denver residents,” Mayor Hancock said. “This team knows our communities, knows our parks, knows our rec centers and believes in providing equal, quality services to every resident in our great city.”
Parks and Rec provides at more than 200 city and mountain parks and 30 recreation centers in the Denver area, serving hundreds of thousands of Denver residents and visitors.
“I am excited for the opportunity to work for Mayor Hancock and lead an amazing team that invests their time and hearts in this community every day,” Dannemiller said. “These are tough times and it will take collaboration, innovation and fact-based decision making to find opportunity in the challenges that lie ahead.”
Dannemiller has served as the Executive Director of the Denver City Council for the past six years. She has more than 20 years of management experience in municipal settings within organizations of varying sizes. She also has 10 years of experience in parks and recreation and holds a master’s degree in Recreation Administration.
“I have seen firsthand Lauri's great aptitude as a master administrator and problem-solver,” Mayor Hancock said. “With the tough decisions we face as a City, Denver needs leaders who will consistently make the best decisions on behalf of our residents. I know that person is Lauri.”
Gilmore is an expert in leading statewide parks programs with a focus on recreation and education. He has served a majority of his career directing education programs and building strategic partnerships for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. He is also a community leader, having co-founded Environmental Learning for Kids and serving on the Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Foundation for Educational Excellence.
Brown is an expert in developing programs, grants and educational initiatives addressing youth, elderly and minority issues. With more than 15 years as a programs and services director for organizations throughout Denver, she most recently worked as the Director of Resident Services for Kappa Management. Brown has also been a community advocate serving in a leadership capacity for the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver, Denver African American Commission and Denver Recreation Task Force.