"We're casting a net that will reach far and wide as we seek the most qualified candidates possible," said Jim Lyons, executive director of Ritter's transition team. "We have a rare opportunity to fulfill the Colorado Promise. We are hopeful that all of our applicants and ultimately the Cabinet will reflect the tremendous diversity of this great state. We want to ensure that everyone who is interested in being considered has a chance to do so."
The 18 Transition Advisory Committees that are reviewing applications for Cabinet and director positions began their work on Monday. They are expected to finish by Dec. 15. Their final reports will include a short list of candidates for consideration byLyons, transition co-chairs Norma Anderson and Daniel Yohannes, and Gov.-elect Ritter.
Members of the public interested in serving on a committee or providing additional input to the transition team are encouraged to firstname.lastname@example.org by calling 303.352.0440.
Hundreds of Community Members to Participate in Review Process
Nearly 40 civic leaders convened today for their first meeting as co-chairs of the transition committees that will help Gov.-ElectBill Ritteranalyze the current state ofColorado's governmental agencies and recommend nominees for his Cabinet and other positions.
"We have a tremendous amount of work to accomplish over the next few weeks," Ritter said. "I'm grateful to have such a diverse group fromColorado's vital public and private sectors providing this valuable insight and input. All ofColoradowill benefit from their investment of time, energy and dedication. This truly is the beginning of how we will build a public trust and govern well."
The co-chairs of 18 advisory committees gathered this morning for their first meeting. The individual committees also began meeting today, and each of them will hold at least one session before Thanksgiving. Each advisory committee will be composed of 12 to 20 members, for a combined total that could exceed 300 individuals. Each committee also will be assisted by a volunteer staff member who will serve as a facilitator and discussion leader.
"The advisory committees will conduct a thoroughreview of the designated department or agency," said Jim Lyons, the transition team's executive director. "This will allow the committees to identify both structural and policy issues within each department, and then see how those issues align with the governor-elect's comprehensive'Colorado Promise' policy agenda."
Another of the committees' top responsibilities will be to identify qualified candidates for Cabinet- and director-level positions within the new administration. More than 700 resumes have been submitted thus far, and the number grows each day.
Ritter hopes to have as many members of his Cabinet in place by the Jan. 9 inauguration as possible.
Ritter's transition team co-chairs, former state Sen. Norma Anderson and businessman Daniel Yohannes, have asked the advisory committees to conclude their work and present a list of qualified candidates by Dec. 15.
"Today's kick-off meeting was a great beginning to this extremely inclusive and bi-partisan phase of fulfilling the Colorado Promise," Anderson and Yohannes said. "Many of the best minds inColoradoare committed to assisting Gov.-Elect Ritter and Lt. Gov.-Elect O'Brien build a Cabinet that will be focused on solvingColorado's problems and tackling issues that matter."
RITTER ANNOUNCES FIRST THREE MEMBERS OF NEW ADMINISTRATION
Gov.-electBill Rittertoday announced the first three senior staff members of his new administration:Jim Carpenter as chief of staff; Mary Kay Hogan as legislative liaison; and Trey Rogers as chief legal counsel.
"I'm pleased that these three extremely talented individuals have agreed to join the new administration," Ritter said. "We're putting together a dynamic team that will work tirelessly to fulfill the Colorado Promise and to solve real problems for people and businesses all acrossColorado. This trio will form the backbone of an administration that will be committed to makingColoradoa leader in education, health care, jobs and renewable energy."
Carpenter currently serves as the state director for U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, and was the chief of staff at the conclusion of former Gov. Romer's administration.
"I am honored and gratified that Gov.-elect Ritter has invited me to serve as his chief of staff," Carpenter said. "I appreciate his confidence and I look forward to doing my part to help fulfill the Colorado Promise."
Rogers, currently a partner with Rothgerber Johnson and Lyons, served as the Ritter for Governor campaign attorney and is counsel for the transition team. Hogan provided policy and legislative advice to Ritter during the campaign.
Additional biographical information about Carpenter, Hogan and Rogers:
Jim Carpenter:Mr. Carpenter, 46, served as press secretary, director of communications and chief of staff for former Gov. Romer. He also was campaign manager and deputy state director for U.S. Sen. and Rep. Tim Wirth, both inColoradoand inWashington,D.C.
From 1999 to 2004, Carpenter was director of public affairs for National Jewish Medical Center andResearchCenter. In March 2004, he left National Jewish to manager Ken Salazar's successful campaign for the U.S. Senate.
AColoradonative who grew up inGranby, Carpenter attendedGeorgetownUniversitybefore receiving his undergraduate degree from theUniversityofColoradoatBoulder. He and his wife, Nancy, have two children:Emma, age 16, and Nicholas, age 11.
Mary Kay Hogan:Ms. Hogan, a native ofLakewood, has been lobbying the Colorado Legislature since 1999. Prior to forming the firm of Aponte Hogan and Busam with fellow lobbyist Ruth Aponte, she served as a staff attorney with the Colorado Legislature's nonpartisan Office of Legislative Legal Services, where she worked on tax, transportation and land use legislation.
As a lobbyist in private practice, she has represented entities such as The Children'sHospitalofDenver, the Colorado Bar Association, the Transplant Council of the Rockies, public school districts inColorado Springs, and Colorado Counties Inc. During law school, she clerked for the Hon. Judge Gaspar Perricone in the 1st Judicial District.
Ms. Hogan, 36, earned her BA degree from theUniversityofArizonain 1992, and her law degree from theUniversityofDenverin 1996. She is married to Matthew Hogan, a partner at the law firm ofShermanand Howard and son of former Colorado Lt. Gov. Mark Hogan.
Thomas M. "Trey" Rogers III:Mr. Rogers, 39, a partner with Rothgerber Johnson and Lyons, has been with the law firm since 1997. He also has eight years of experience as a political and nonprofit fundraiser and fundraising consultant inColorado,OklahomaandWashington,D.C.
He is admitted to practice in all state courts inColorado, the U.S. District Court, the 10thU.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Rogers is a graduate of the2002-03 class of the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation's Leadership Denver Program. He was named one of the Denver Business Journal's "40 under 40" for 2006, and he was listed in the 2007 edition of Best Lawyers inAmericain the Government Relations Law category.
Mr. Rogers earned his BS degree in finance and real estate from theUniversityofColoradoin 1989 and his law degree fromGeorgeWashingtonUniversityNationalLawCenterin 1997.
Gov.-electBill Rittertoday named Level 3 Communications CEO James Crowe and his wife, Pamela, and prominent attorney Frances A. Koncilja as the co-chairs of the Colorado Promise Inaugural Committee.
"I'm honored to have such accomplished leaders guiding the inaugural planning process," Ritter said. "The inaugural festivities will be all-inclusive and will mark the beginning of a new era in how we govern this state. I couldn't be more excited."
Plans for the Jan.9 inauguration are still underway. Details will be available through a special website,www.coloradopromise.org. The public will be able to purchase tickets and obtain additional information from the website when it is activated in the coming days.
While Ms. Koncilja and Mr. and Mrs. Crowe lead the inaugural planning phase, a separate group is guiding Ritter's transition team. The team is co-chaired by Daniel Yohannes and Norma Anderson, with Jim Lyons serving as executive director. Information about the transition can be found atwww.rittertransition.org.
Biographical information about James Crowe and Frances Koncilja:
James Crow:Mr. Crowe, 57, is the chief executive officer of Level 3 Communications Inc., an international communications and information services company. Founded in 1997, Level 3 constructed a 20,000-mile fiber-optic network designed to fully leverage Internet technology. Today, the network serves as one of the largest Internet backbones in the world.
Prior to founding Level 3, Mr. Crowe was chief executive officer of MFS Communications, which he built into the largest competitive local exchange carrier operating in theUnited StatesandEurope. In 1996, MFS was acquired by WorldCom for $14.3 billion.
Mr. Crowe serves on the boards of directors of Level 3 and Commonwealth Telephone. He holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA fromPepperdineUniversity.
Frances A. Koncilja:Ms. Koncilja, aColoradonative who grew up inPueblo, has been an attorney since 1972. She specializes in commercial litigation after beginning her career as a public defender and a federal prosecutor.She entered private practice in 1978. Ms. Koncilja, 57, established her own law firm, Koncilja & Associates, in 1993; served as president of the Colorado Bar Association in 1994-95; and is a founding member of the Colorado Women's Bar.
She serves on Mayor Hickenlooper's Infrastructure Task Force, was co-chair ofDenver's Criminal Justice Center Task Force and co-chaired Citizens for Safe Denver. She is president of the City Club of Denver and serves on the boards of Colorado Public Radio and the Gold Crown Foundation.
Ms. Koncilja earned her BA degreefrom theUniversityofSouthern Coloradoin 1969 at the age of 20 and her law degree from theUniversityofColoradoin 1972.