The Department of Finance, created by Charter Amendment in November 2006, unifies the City's accounting and financial functions under the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Our mission is to ensure the delivery of effective and efficient City services through sound financial management. The department commits to the citizens of Denver a financial structure that mirrors the best practices of both the public and private sectors. This commitment promotes better service, enhanced performance measures, maximum accountability and improved business procedures.
Brendan Hanlon is the Chief Financial Officer for the City and County of Denver. He served as Denver’s Budget Director for five years before being appointed to CFO by Mayor Hancock in February 2016.
Brendan has worked in the Mayor’s Office and the Budget Management Office in a variety of roles since 2002. He served as a member of the Denver Sheriff Department’s Reform Implementation Committee, acted as the budget analyst for Denver’s bid to win the 2008 Democratic Convention, managed the Better Denver bond process, and has brought his budget expertise to issues facing the city from health insurance to affordable housing.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in both history and political science and Master’s degree with a concentration in public budgeting from the University of Connecticut.
Through the Peak Performance initiative, city employees have identified inefficiencies and embraced a new culture of innovation and improvement to eliminate inadequacies and provide the best service possible.