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Monday, November 20, 2006
RITTER TRANSITION COMMITTEES BEGIN WORK TODAY
TRANSITION ADVISORY COMMITTEES BEGIN WORK TODAY
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."