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About the Department of Public Works

Management Team

The Office of the Manager provides overall management of the Department of Public Works; as well as the policy, planning, communication, and legislative coordination of the Department and its 1,100 employees.

  • Jose M Cornejo, P.E., Manager
  • George Delaney, Chief Operations Officer/Manager for Operations
  • Lesley Thomas, Deputy Manager/City Engineer

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Public Works Mission Statement

The Department of Public Works, through its employees, provides for the delivery of high quality, cost effective, efficient, safe services involving public infrastructure and facilities to enhance the quality of life in Denver. 

The 1,100 men and women of Public Works are proud to deliver the services that help to define the quality of life in Denver. Our responsibilities include year-round road maintenance and repair, weekly household trash collection service to 176,000 households, design and construction management of streets, bridges, and public buildings, transportation services through our parking management, transportation planning, engineering and operations offices, and protection of our urban environment.


Smart Denver report cover


The Denver Public Works strategic action plan for 2014-15 is called the SMART Denver plan. It focuses on Sustainability, Mobility, Attractiveness, Resiliency and Transparency.

So, how did we do in Year One? Read the SMART 2014 report card.

City and County of Denver's response to CDOT's I-70 East Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS)

The Colorado Department of Transportation's public comment period on the current, preferred plan for I-70 East ended Oct. 31, 2014. Denver's response to the SDEIS is below.

Read more about the history of the City's public outreach efforts on the I-70 East project.