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 Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver. 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 Murphy Robinson, 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, Murphy F. Robinson III

Murphy Robinson is the Executive Director of the Department of Public Safety and the Deputy Mayor for the City and County of Denver. He is a member of Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s cabinet and previously served as the city's Chief Operating Officer (COO).

As the Executive Director of Public Safety, Director Robinson oversees management, discipline, human resources, administrative support and policy direction for Denver Police, Fire and Sheriff’s Departments, the 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center, Community Corrections, Public Safety Youth Programs and GRID (Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver).

In his previous role as the City’s COO, Director Robinson is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Denver on behalf of Mayor Hancock. He oversaw a $1.5B budget and 16,000 employees across the city. Director Robinson also served as the Executive Director of Denver’s General Services Department where he was responsible for the property management and maintenance of over six million square feet of city-owned land and facilities, $186 million of purchasing contracts, the Denver Security Office and the Energy Office in the City and County of Denver. 

He is active in multiple community organizations including the I Love You Guys Foundation. He sits on the Visit Denver Board and is a former member of the Board of Equalization, the Board of County Commissioners for the city of Denver, and the Colorado Rangers.

Director Robinson has a bachelor's degree from Xavier University and master's degree in Public Policy and Politics from the University of Colorado Denver. He also holds a certificate from the Rocky Mountain Leadership Program Institute of Governance from the University of Colorado Denver. 

Chief Deputy Executive Director, Mary Dulacki

Mary Dulacki is the Chief Deputy Executive Director responsible for serving as Director Robinson's second in command and oversees Commissions and Accountability in the Public Safety Department.

Ms. Dulacki, a native of Denver, is a former prosecutor and judge. During her 11 years working for Department of Public Safety, she established herself as a leading expert in the Colorado Open Records (CORA) and Colorado Criminal Justice Records (CCJRA) acts. She also drafted policies to support reform efforts in the Denver Sheriff Department. And, she brought city and state agencies and stakeholders together to address arrest-identification issues and advised on policy matters as a member of the city’s Information Governance and XO committees.

Ms. Dulacki is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Denver Law School.

Deputy Director, Daelene Mix

Daelene Mix is a Deputy Director for the Department of Public Safety and oversees Public Safety Transformation & Policy and Safety Human Resources.

Prior to her appointment as Deputy Director in 2019, Ms. Mix served as Chief of Staff to the Executive Director of Public Safety, providing strategic guidance on complex operational, management and organizational priorities and initiatives. Ms. Mix has been with the Department of Public Safety since 2011, previously serving as Strategic Advisor to the Executive Director and Communications Director for the Department. In these roles she advanced efforts of high importance, providing direction and oversight to ensure efficient and timely completion of executive priorities.

Ms. Mix is a graduate of Colorado State University. 

Deputy Director, Laura Wachter

Laura Wachter is a Deputy Director in the Department of Public Safety and oversees Program Management and Finance.

Ms. Wachter began her career as a budget analyst with the City of Kansas City, Missouri and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona to become the Financial Manager for the State of Arizona School Facilities board in 2002, where she successfully prepared an annual $918.8 million budget request for the Governor, and created a 5-year strategic plan that incorporated revenue models, expenditure trend forecasts, and performance measures. In 2004, she was hired by the City of Phoenix to coordinate a $4.9 billion 5-year capital improvement plan. After the plan was successfully implemented, she joined Denver’s Budget Management Office at the end of 2004 as a Senior Financial Management Analyst.

Ms. Wachter has a bachelor's degree in mathematics and political science with honors from Indiana University and a master's degree in public policy and management with distinction from Carnegie Mellon University.