Cary Kennedy named deputy mayor of Denver

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock today announced the appointment of Cary Kennedy as Deputy Mayor for the City and County of Denver. Currently serving as the city’s chief financial officer, Kennedy will stand second in the mayoral line of succession, acting as chief executive when the mayor is unavailable.

“Cary is a natural fit to serve as our deputy mayor due to the nature of her position as CFO and her in-depth knowledge of the city,” Hancock said in a prepared statement. “Having grown up in Denver, she has a rich understanding of the inner workings and a deep love of the city that will serve this administration and the people of Denver well.”

Kennedy previously served as the Colorado state treasurer from 2007 to 2011. She lost her reelection bid to Republican Walker Stapleton.

Before serving as treasurer, Kennedy worked as a budget analyst for Gov. Roy Romer and as a fiscal analyst for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. She left the Department to lead a broad bi-partisan coalition to increase funding for Colorado’s public schools through passing Amendment 23 in November of 2000. From 2004 to 2005, Kennedy served as policy director for House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and assisted in developing Colorado’s Referendum C, which voters passed in 2005.

“It’s an honor to be chosen to serve as Mayor Hancock’s deputy mayor,” Kennedy said in a press release. “This position comes with great responsibility, but should the need arise, I know I am up to the challenge.”

As CFO, Kennedy is responsible for managing the city and county’s finances and presenting the mayor with the annual budget estimate. Kennedy was sworn-in as deputy mayor this morning at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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