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    This article is reprinted with permission from a April 2010 Denver Water press release. For additional information about this release, please contact Stacy Chesney at (303) 628-6584.
    The Denver Board of Water Commissioners has selected Jim Lochhead to be the next CEO/Manager of Denver Water.
    “Jim brings deep experience and expertise in Colorado water issues and the political process, as well as outstanding leadership, strategic visioning and management skills,” said Penfield Tate, president of the Board of Water Commissioners. “We believe he has the necessary ability to maintain and build relationships with the myriad external stakeholders that work with Denver Water, and also the ability to be a dynamic, visionary leader for our staff and internal operations.”
    Lochhead currently is a lead shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, where he has negotiated many complex transactions regarding water and other natural resources in the Rocky Mountain West. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology and a law degree from the University of Colorado. Lochhead began his career practicing water law in Glenwood Springs in the early 1980s. He served as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources under Gov. Roy Romer from 1994 to 1998.
    “I’m excited to lead the premier water utility in Colorado,” said Lochhead. “Denver Water is a solid, well-run utility. At the same time, we will face a number of challenges in the future, and I look forward to bringing my experience to bear and work with the employees to meet those challenges.”
    “Jim is well-respected in the water industry,” said Tate. “We found him to be the most qualified candidate to lead our organization among the more than 100 people who were considered.”
    For the past 20 years, Jim Lochhead has represented the state of Colorado and a coalition of major water utilities and districts — including Denver Water — with regard to interstate Colorado River operations and issues. He was Colorado’s commissioner for and vice-chairman of the Upper Colorado River Commission.
    “We are confident Jim will continue Denver Water’s role in delivering outstanding service to our customers, continuing our message of conservation and helping secure water for our future,” said Tate. “Jim will help Denver Water define and champion the next generation of our goals, strategies and performance.”
    Lochhead will begin his work with Denver Water in June. He and his wife, Abby — a fourth-generation Coloradan — will begin their transition to Denver from Glenwood Springs over the next few weeks. Lochhead was selected to replace Chips Barry, who announced his retirement plans in January.
    Denver Water had planned for Lochhead to take over the agency on June 1 from Chips Barry, however upon the tragic sudden death of Mr. Barry on May 2, the agency stated that Bob Mahoney, Denver Water’s director of engineering, will be acting manager until Lochhead takes the post.