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Mayor Hancock Names Eulois Cleckley Next Executive Director of Public Works

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today appointed Eulois Cleckley as the next Executive Director of the Department of Public Works. At Public Works, Cleckley will oversee one of the city’s largest and most dynamic departments, managing the majority of services involving public infrastructure and facilities for residents and businesses.

Cleckley will play a critical role in implementing the $937 million general obligation bond overwhelmingly passed by voters just last week, which will help to jump start Mayor Hancock’s Mobility Action Plan, among other major upgrades and improvements. Voters approved nearly half of the bonds to go towards transportation and mobility repairs and improvements.  He will also lead the reorganization of the Department of Public Works and contribute significantly to the ongoing Denveright planning process.

“Many of the services that Denver residents count on during their day are delivered by our Public Works team, and in Eulois we found a leader who will bring a renewed vision and energy to support our residents as they go about their daily lives,” Mayor Hancock said. “As we look to create a transportation system that provides residents with more choices to move around the city, Eulois’ unparalleled expertise in the field will be an invaluable asset in our future work to improve transportation and mobility options for everyone who lives, works and plays in Denver.”

The Mayor added, “I also want to thank our Public Works city employees and interim Executive Director George Delaney for their outstanding work during the search for a new Executive Director. They keep our city running smoothly, and their dedication is something all of us can be proud of.”

As Executive Director, Cleckley will ensure the city is maintaining current infrastructure investments; planning, strategizing and executing significant infrastructure improvements; providing vital services to residents; and managing major operations.

“I am excited to join the Department of Public Works and this dedicated group of city employees. Denver is growing city, and I am committed to ensure the Department delivers projects and services in an efficient manner that addresses the needs of communities across Denver,” Cleckley said.

As mentioned, he will be responsible for implementing the reorganization of Public Works into two divisions within the department: a public works division and a mobility division. The reorganization will consolidate mobility policy and planning, parking, right of way and traffic engineering operations and maintenance under one roof, while the Public Works division will continue to manage solid waste, wastewater, water quality, fleet management and other essential services.

The reorganization of the Department of Public Works will support Mayor Hancock’s Mobility Action Plan, which will accelerate projects, policies and programs to move more people, more efficiently and more safely by empowering Denver residents to make the choices they want to make.

Cleckley comes to Denver by way of the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC), where he currently serves as the Deputy Director. As Deputy Director, Cleckley oversees the Metropolitan Planning Organization – covering the eight-county Houston-Galveston region – providing overall strategic direction and service delivery related to city and regional transportation planning, project development and implementation.

Prior to his work with the HGAC, Cleckley served as Chief of Statewide and Regional Planning, and later acting Chief of the Field Operations Division, for Washington, D.C.’s District Department of Transportation (DDOT). While with the DDOT, he led regional system planning efforts, created the District’s freight planning program, and oversaw development of the District’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan. Cleckley also developed policies and implemented programs that promoted proper land use, safety and reliability of Washington’s transportation system, including the creation and implementation of the District-wide multi-modal policies and regulations in coordination with industry and the community.

As a transportation and planning consultant and transportation specialist for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Cleckley has supported the planning and implementation of several major municipal and regional transportation efforts, including the Purple Line Light Rail Project for the Montgomery County, Maryland; the Gulf Coast Area Transportation Study for the Gulf Coast Regional Planning Commission: the Atlanta Regional Freight Mobility Plan for the Atlanta Regional Commission; and freight system plans for the Regional Planning Commission in New Orleans , Louisiana and the Delaware Valley Planning Commission in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Cleckley will assume his new role with Public Works on December 11.