Aug 28, 2017
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today named Murphy Robinson as the next Executive Director of the Department of General Services for the City and County of Denver. As Executive Director, a cabinet-level position, Robinson will oversee the management of city facilities, building energy efficiency strategic initiatives and procurement of goods and/or related services for city agencies.
“Denver’s General Services is a core city function, and our residents expect that their public buildings are managed well and purchasing is conducted in a manner that respects the highest, best use of taxpayer dollars,” Mayor Hancock said. “Murphy has brought a keen eye for best practices and innovation to two of Denver’s neighboring cities, and I’m excited to see him take on these services right here in Denver.”
Robinson, a Denver native, currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the City Manager and Assistant City Manager to Denver’s southern neighbor, the City of Englewood. In this role, Robinson directs a cross-functional executive leadership team and staff of 650 full-time employees, as well as providing recommendations to the City Manager and City Council while managing the city’s $41 million annual operating budget. During his time with the City of Englewood, he has overseen multiple department reorganizations, drove the city’s capital asset condition assessment and improvement plan, and led the creation of Englewood’s Innovation and Strategy Office, Communications Department and Employee Advisory Committee.
“The people and city employees depend on their public facilities to be in top shape and managed with the utmost respect,” Robinson said. “I take this responsibility of stewardship seriously and I want to thank Mayor Hancock for this opportunity to serve the residents of Denver as their General Services director. I’m eager to take on this role in Colorado’s capital city.”
Before his work with the City of Englewood, Robinson oversaw General Services as Assistant City Manager of the City of Brighton. While with Brighton, he directed Brighton’s facilities department, oversaw the city’s facility growth and improvement plan, and created and directed the Brighton Sustainability Office, which helped lead to a Solar Friendly Community designation for the city. as Along with managing the department’s $15 million operating budget, he created and implemented city safety and security protocols, and administered Brighton’s Community Development block grants program.
Denver’s Department of General Services is responsible for building management and maintenance of 6,086,866 square feet of building space in 128 buildings; utilizing various governmental procurement “best practices,” including competitive bidding and direct “open market” purchases; and implementing improved energy performance, reduced operational and utility costs, and enhanced occupant comfort for public buildings. The work of the Department has recently been recognized by the State Electronics Challenge with 2016 Silver Level Recognition for environmental responsible purchasing and end-of-life management of office electronics, as well as appreciation from the US Conference of Mayors for contributions made to the US Communities Cooperative Purchasing Program.
Robinson will begin work on September 11, 2017.