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 serves as the City and County of Denver's Chief Financial Officer overseeing the more than 430 employees of the Department of Finance who administer the city's full financial and accounting responsibilities.
Under Hanlon's leadership, Denver has issued General Obligation Bonds, Revenue Bonds, and Certificates of Participation exceeding $3.5 billion while maintaining a GO bond rating of AAA from all 3 major rating agencies; established its first dedicated affordable housing fund and later doubled its annual investment to $33 million; and is implementing its first participatory budgeting process.
Since 2002, Hanlon has served in a variety of roles with the City and County of Denver including as Deputy Mayor and as Budget Director. He is a member of the National Western Center project steering committee, the National Western Center Authority Board, the Performance Infrastructure Committee, the Denver Union Station Project Authority and the Housing Advisory Committee. In 2018, Hanlon was appointed to the regional Urban Drainage and Flood Control District and served on its Finance and Audit committee. He previously 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, and led the city's Structural Financial taskforce in 2011 and 2012 which brought fiscal sustainability to the city after the Great Recession.
Hanlon holds a Bachelor’s degree in both history and political science and a Master’s degree with a concentration in public budgeting from the University of Connecticut.