About Us

The Department of Public Safety (DOS) is tasked with oversight of the seven agencies that are charged with protecting the Denver community and preventing youth and gang violence, ensuring Denver is the safest and most welcoming city in the nation. Denver’s Public Safety Department includes Denver Police, Denver Fire, Denver 911, Denver Sheriff, Community Corrections, Public Safety Youth Programs and the Office of Community Violence Solutions. The DOS also oversees the Public Safety Cadets, a program for high-performing high school graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in public safety in Denver. 

Under the direction of Executive Director Armando Saldate, who is appointed by the Mayor, our staff provide management, discipline, policy direction, human resources and administrative support through the following areas:

Public Safety Leadership Team

Executive Director, Armando Saldate III

Armando Saldate Headshot photo Armando Saldate III was nominated as the Executive Director of Public Safety by Mayor Hancock in January 2022 and confirmed by Denver City Council in February 2022. Director Saldate oversees the Denver Police Department, Denver Fire Department, Denver Sheriff Department, Denver 9-1-1, Community Corrections, Public Safety Youth Programs, and the Office of Community Violence Solutions.

Director Saldate is a career law enforcement professional, having started his career in public safety as the top police recruit with the Phoenix Police Department in 1993. While with Phoenix PD, Saldate focused on gang violence reduction and was deputized as a Special Agent and US Marshal with the FBI’s Phoenix Division. While in that position, he was a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and completed assignments with the Counter Terrorism Information Center, Organized Crime Bureau Intelligence Unit, FBI Violent Gang Task Force, Dignitary Protection Unit, and others. Saldate has been recognized by three former directors of the FBI, the United States Secret Service Phoenix Division, US Capitol Police, Central Intelligence Agency, Phoenix Police Department, Denver Sheriff Department, and many others throughout his career. He retired from Phoenix PD in 2014 with honors after more than 20 years of service.

After relocating to Colorado, Saldate joined the Denver Sheriff Department as a senior investigator, and later served as a supervisor in DSD’s Data Science Unit and as the Civilian Commander in the Internal Affairs Bureau. He then accepted a position in the Department of Safety as a Performance Improvement Manager. Most recently, Saldate was an Assistant Deputy Director in DOS leading efforts around the Pepsi Center COVID-19 Testing Site and overseeing the creation and implementation of the Early Intervention Team and Street Enforcement Team.

In his free time, Director Saldate enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, volunteering with school and faith-based organizations, and spending time in the Denver community.

Chief of Staff, Jeff Holliday

Jeff Holliday MBA, MSW, LCSW comes to the Department of Safety with a wealth of experience, including 12 years in the United States Army. He is a combat veteran – having served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Saudi Arabia and Iraq and earned multiple awards for leadership and valor during his military career.

Mr. Holliday is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduated from the University of Denver with a Master’s degree in Social Work and the University of Colorado with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Over the past 21 years, Mr. Holliday has served in various executive leadership roles in private, municipal, and federal service, including as the Deputy Executive Director of Human Services in Broomfield and Denver, Deputy Executive Director of Provider Relations & Services for the U.S. Veterans Health Administration, and the Chief Operating Officer for Jefferson Hills Adolescent Behavioral Health Inpatient Care. Within the Department of Public Safety, Mr. Holliday is the second in command to the Executive Director, overseeing a broad group of programs and staff.

Chief Compliance Officer, Mary Dulacki

Mary Dulacki is the Chief Compliance Officer who oversees commissions and accountability within the Department of Public Safety.

Ms. Dulacki, a native of Denver, is a graduate of the University of Colorado and University of Denver College of Law and a former prosecutor and judge. During her 16 years working for the Department, she established herself as a leading expert in the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) and the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act (CCJRA).  She has drafted policies in all Safety agencies and currently oversees the hiring and disciplinary process for sworn members of the Police, Fire, and Sheriff Departments.

Chief Financial Officer, Chanee Cummings

Chanee Cummings is the Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Public Safety, overseeing the financial, budgetary, and contract operations for all safety agencies. 

Ms. Cummings is a native of Denver and has been with the Department of Public Safety for over 20 years. She started her career as a Staff Accountant with the Denver Fire Department and most recently served as the Finance Director for the department. She continues to be an integral part to the improvement and centralization of the department's financial operations, and now manages a financial portfolio of over $760 million aligned with department and mayoral priorities.

Ms. Cummings has a bachelor's degree in accounting, a master's degree in business administration, and is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). 

Chief Administrative Officer, Daelene Mix

Daelene Mix is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Department of Public Safety and oversees the Public Safety Cadet Program and Community and Government Affairs.

Ms. Mix has been with the Department of Public Safety since 2011, previously serving as Deputy Director, Chief of Staff, Strategic Advisor and Communications Director. In these roles she led process improvement efforts, advanced reform initiatives, developed policy, processes and procedures, and provided strategic guidance and/or direction on complex operational, management and organizational priorities. 

Ms. Mix has a bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Colorado State University, is a graduate of the University of Denver Daniels School of Business Public Safety Leadership Development Program, and the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs’ Leading Organizations Program. Additionally, Ms. Mix earned a black belt in process improvement and change management from Denver’s Peak Performance Academy.