The mayor of Denver appoints Denver's five-member Board of Water Commissioners to staggered six-year terms. When a commissioner’s term expires, he or she continues to serve until the mayor reappoints or replaces him or her.
The Board's purpose is to ensure a continuous supply of water to the people of Denver and its suburban customers. Among other duties, commissioners are responsible for setting water rates and monitoring the cost and maintenance of the system. The Board holds its public meetings generally twice a month. Commissioners are paid $600 annually ($25 per meeting) for their service — the same amount of money they have been paid since the current Denver Charter was adopted in 1959.
Paula Herzmark, President
- Commissioner since April 24, 2009, reappointed July 11, 2013.
- Term expires July 10, 2019.
Paula Herzmark is the executive director of the Denver Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports Denver Health. She previously worked as the chief executive officer of the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, as well as the president and chief executive officer of Prime Time Cable Corp., a private cable television company. She also served in Gov. Richard Lamm’s cabinet as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs for five years, after having served as the governor’s legislative liaison.
Herzmark has been active in several boards in the community, including Opera Colorado, Stapleton Foundation, Denver Judicial Nominating Commission, Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, National Jewish Hospital, the Denver Health and Hospitals and the Downtown Denver Partnership.
John Lucero, First Vice President
- Commissioner since July 18, 2007; reappointed July 13, 2015.
- Term expires July 10, 2021.
John Lucero is the former deputy director of the mayor’s office of economic development. He served as a broker associate at Lucero Real Estate, Inc., a local real estate company that offers residential, commercial, development and investment real estate expertise. Lucero also is a former director of the Denver Board of Realtors, where he received the 2007 President’s Distinguished Service Award and has been a member of numerous committees. He also has served on several committees for the Colorado Association of Realtors and the Colorado Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. Lucero currently serves as a member of the Denver Zoning Code Task Force and was a member of the mayor’s transition team for Community Planning and Development in 2003.
Greg Austin, Vice President
- Commissioner since July 28, 2009, reappointed July 11, 2013.
- Term expires July 10, 2019.
Greg Austin is a former partner in the Denver law firm Holland & Hart LLP. He retired from the partnership in 2001 but continued serving as “of counsel” to the firm until July 2009. Austin left Holland & Hart from 1973 to 1977 to serve as general counsel to the U.S. Small Business Administration, and later as solicitor (general counsel) of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Austin serves on the board of directors of Craig Hospital, Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting System, the Denver Police Foundation and the Holland & Hart Foundation. He also is a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee and has served on the Colorado State Treasurers Advisory Commission.
Gary Reiff, Vice President
- Commissioner since September 2017.
- Term expires 2023.
Gary Reiff is managing director, chief administrative and legal officer of Black Creek Group, a Denver-based private equity firm that sponsors public and private real estate companies in the United States and Mexico.
Prior to joining Black Creek Group in 2007, Reiff was a shareholder at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck, where he practiced law from 1985 to 1986 and from 1989 to 2007, and was a member of the firm’s executive committee and co-chair of its corporate and securities department. He worked on Gov. Roy Romer’s senior staff in 1987-1988, and also has been an adjunct law professor at the University of Colorado Law School, where he has taught courses in basic and advanced real estate transactions.
Reiff has extensive government and civic experience, currently serving on the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission. He also has served as the chair of the Colorado Transportation Commission, chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Northern Colorado, and chair of the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges of Colorado.
He graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.A. in economics, and a M.A. from the Food Research Institute (economics of development), and he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Craig Jones, Vice President
- Commissioner since October 2017.
- Term expires 2023.
Craig Jones is a managing director of The Colony Group’s Rocky Mountain Region and serves as co-president of Colony Sports and Entertainment, where he provides wealth management expertise to active and retired professional athletes.
He has a background in finance, tax and strategic planning from years of experience working at Mellon Bank, PepsiCo, Price Waterhouse and EW Scripps, and served as one of three co-founding partners of the Denver-based wealth management firm, Jones Barclay Boston, in 1994, which merged with The Colony Group in 2017. Jones is a Certified Private Wealth Advisor and earned a Juris Doctor and MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College, where he double-majored in economics and political science.
Jones is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association, Colorado and Denver bar associations, and the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (The Boule). He has held past board positions with the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation, American Red Cross Mile High Chapter and Delta Eta Boule.