Michael Hancock appoints Brendan Hanlon as deputy mayor The Denver Post

Denver’s Chief Financial Officer Brendan Hanlon is now also the city’s deputy mayor for the second time during his tenure in Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration.

The mayor’s office sent out a news release Wednesday announcing Hanlon’s designation. It began on Jan. 1 and will run through the end of the year.

As outlined in the city charter, the mayor must name a member of his or her cabinet to be deputy mayor. The person in that position is tasked with carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the mayor if for any reason the elected mayor cannot do so, according to Wednesday’s release.

Hanlon was named the city’s CFO in 2016 after previously working as its budget director. He was also Hancock’s designated deputy mayor in 2018. Wednesday’s release lauded him for his work addressing the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and his contributions to helping the city maintain a AAA bond rating.

“As the Chief Financial Officer, I have the opportunity to work with all areas of the city and many of our community partners,” Hanlon said in an emailed statement. “I look forward to bringing this knowledge and experience to the Deputy Mayor role.”

Previous deputy mayors under Hancock included Happy Haynes, executive director of Denver Parks & Recreation, and Murphy Robinson, the city’s director of public safety who was slated to leave the administration this month, part of a larger shakeup in Hancock’s cabinet as the term-limited mayor’s time in office nears its end next spring.

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