Jim Lochhead was appointed Denver Water’s CEO/Manager in 2010. He currently serves on the boards of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, the Water Research Foundation, the Western Urban Water Coalition, the Water Utility Climate Alliance, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Denver Economic Development Council. He is on the advisory board of the Dividing the Waters Program at the National Judicial College.
Prior to joining Denver Water, Lochhead was a shareholder at the Denver law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, where he worked on a wide variety of water resource issues both nationally and internationally. He served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources from 1994 to 1998.
Lochhead previously served as the governor’s representative on interstate Colorado River operations, and he was appointed by the governor to the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Upper Colorado River Commission, Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado’s Roadless Area Task Force. He also served on the boards of the Colorado Conservation Trust, Colorado Open Lands, the Colorado Water Trust, the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado and The Nature Conservancy Colorado Program.
In 2015, Lochhead received the Colorado Foundation for Water Education's President's Award for his rich and diverse history of work involving the Colorado River. And in 2014, Lochhead received the prestigious Wayne N. Aspinall “Water Leader of the Year” Award, which is given for a career of service and contribution to the water community. It is awarded to a person who has dedicated a significant part of his or her career to the advancement of the state and its programs that define the process of protecting, developing and preserving the state’s water resources.
Lochhead received his bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from the University of Colorado in 1974, and his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1978.
The CEO/Manager is the chief executive officer for Denver Water, secretary to the Board of Water commissioners and custodian of all records. He carries out all other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Board as it fulfills its charter obligations.
The CEO/Manager executes the policies and decisions of the Board and reviews and recommends to the Board changes in rules and regulations with respect to all matters appropriate for its action.
In addition, the CEO/Manager gives overall direction to employees and oversees the work necessary to provide an adequate supply of water to the residents of the City and County of Denver, and areas economically and socially integrated with the city with whom Denver Water has a water service contract.
The CEO/Manager represents the Board in ongoing relationships with all levels of government, community organizations and the public served, and recommends to the Board a rate structure and other income producing procedures that will assure adequate revenues to meet operating and maintenance costs, finance of ongoing capital improvement programs, and the principal and interest payments on long-term debts.
Eight division directors, the general counsel, the internal auditor and the chief of staff report directly to the CEO/Manager.