The Manager of Safety is the highest authority in the Department of Safety. Similar to a “Board of Directors,” Manager Kilroy and her deputies provide civilian oversight, leadership and guidance to the Department’s individual Chiefs and Directors. They require accountability, guide policy decisions, assist in developing long-term goals, and improve public safety service delivery throughout the Department’s entire spectrum of services. In addition, the Manager’s Office is responsible for issuing fair and unbiased discipline decisions on behalf of the Fire, Police and Sheriff Departments.
About Manager of Safety, Ashley Kilroy
Ashley Kilroy was appointed Deputy Manager of Safety by Mayor John Hickenlooper on September 27, 2010, and was re-appointed to the position by Mayor Michael Hancock on November 1, 2011. On October 3, 2013, Kilroy was sworn-in as Interim Manager of Safety.
Kilroy is responsible for managerial support and oversight of the Denver Police, Sheriff and Fire Departments. She also works directly with the Mayor’s Office and oversees discipline in the Denver Sheriff Department. Kilroy recommends, plans, and leads programs, projects and initiatives for the Department of Safety. In addition, she revises, manages and oversees department-wide policies and practices and implements the department’s vision, goals and objectives.
Kilroy’s background includes extensive work as an attorney, mediator and investigator. She has practiced as an attorney for over 20 years, specializing in employment law, primarily in the municipal setting. Kilroy served as Senior City Attorney for the City and County of Denver, as Deputy General Counsel for Denver Public Schools, and as an Assistant County Attorney for Washington County. She also worked in the private sector for a period of time as a litigator specializing in employment law.
Kilroy is a certified mediator and prior to being appointed Deputy Manager, Kilroy mediated employment disputes for the City and County of Denver. She also oversaw Court Mediation Services on behalf of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, where she mediated a variety of civil cases for the courts, and worked to educate the public, the legal profession and the judiciary about the value of mediation.
As a workplace investigator, Kilroy has conducted independent workplace investigations for both public and private sector clients. Kilroy has investigated cases involving a wide range of matters, including allegations of discrimination, workplace violence and performance issues.
Appointed by Mayor Wellington Webb in 2001 and again by Mayor John Hickenlooper in 2003, Kilroy served on Denver’s Career Service Board for six years, and was lead co-chair for four of those years. While on the Board, she moderated public meetings and ruled on appeals from administrative hearing officers’ decisions. She was also responsible for reviewing employee conduct and enacting rules to maintain a merit-based personnel system.
Kilroy is an active member of the community and previously served as Vice President of the Bonnie Brae Neighborhood Association, and on Les Cygnettes, a subcommittee of the Denver Ballet Guild that exposes students to a wide variety of performing arts events.
Kilroy received a J.D. with Honors from Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana in 1991, and a B.A. from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1985. Kilroy and her best friend and husband, Jim, have three daughters, Kit, Ella and Margot.