Meet Denver Water's executive leadership team.
Jim Lochhead was appointed Denver Water’s CEO/Manager in 2010. Lochhead also currently serves on the boards of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, the Water Research Foundation, the Water Utility Climate Alliance, the Water Foundation and the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Prior to Denver Water, Mr. Lochhead was in private law practice, dealing with natural resource issues throughout the United States and internationally. He was also executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Mr. Lochhead was the Colorado governor’s representative on interstate Colorado River operations, and served on the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Great Outdoors Colorado, The Nature Conservancy and Colorado Conservation Trust.
In 2014, Lochhead received the Wayne N. Aspinall “Water Leader of the Year” award from the Colorado Water Congress, presented annually to a Coloradan demonstrating courage, dedication, knowledge and leadership in the development, protection and preservation of Colorado water.
In 2015, Lochhead received the President’s Award from the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, given to a person with a history of doing meaningful work in the field of water.
Mr. Lochhead has a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from the University of Colorado and a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.
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.
Five division chiefs, the general counsel, the chief internal auditor and the chief of staff report directly to the CEO/Manager.
Chief Administrative Officer
- Worked for American Water and predecessor Northern Illinois Water Corporation, an investor-owned utility, from 1993 to 1999. Served as a project engineer and production superintendent.
- Joined Denver Water in 2000 as assistant supervisor of Marston Treatment Plant. Later worked as manager of the Recycled Water Treatment Plant.
- Named director of Operations and Maintenance in 2004.
- Served as deputy manager of Organizational Improvement 2011 — 2016.
- Member of American Water Works Association.
- Received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.
- Earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.
Administrative Services allows Denver Water to efficiently and effectively deliver services internally and to our customers. The division oversees facilities management: sustainability, environmental compliance, security and recreation. It also oversees organizational functions including purchasing and contracting, records and document administration, safety, emergency management, risk management, information technology, the employee clinic, and the print shop and mailroom.
Chief of Staff
Chief of Staff
- Joined Denver Water as manager of Customer Care in 2008.
- Served as director of the Customer Relations division from 2011 to 2016, when the division merged with Public Affairs.
- Group manager of Molson Coors Brewing Company’s consumer affairs department, where she oversaw all North American contact center operations, 2001-2008.
- Manager of the advisor and investor services contact center for OppenheimerFunds, 1996-2001.
- Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.
The chief of staff reports directly to the CEO and has the full authority to lead, direct and resolve day-to-day operational and organizational issues. The chief of staff oversees the successful implementation of key strategic initiatives and is responsible for monitoring and ensuring the attainment of organizational goals.
In addition, the chief of staff recommends related policy changes for Board approval, represents Denver Water in water and community associations, and acts as a backup in the absence of the CEO/Manager when required.
Reporting to the chief of staff are the following sections: Human Resources; Learning and Organizational Development; the Business Technology Management Office; and Continuous Process Improvement.
Robert J. Mahoney
Chief Engineering Officer
- Joined Denver Water as director of Engineering in 2006.
- Worked as vice president/managing engineer, Brown & Caldwell, 2000 to 2006.
- Worked as engineer and principal engineer, Boyle Engineering Corporation, Denver, 1983 to 2000.
- Is a registered professional engineer with the state of Colorado.
- Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, South Dakota State University, Brookings, 1982.
- Earned a Master of Business Administration degree, Regis University, 1991.
- Received a Certificate in Executive Leadership, Regis University, 2007.
- Earned a Master of Science degree in Management, Regis University, 2008.
- Earned Project Management Professional Certification (PMI) in 2011.
Engineering is responsible for the design, construction and related engineering aspects of physical additions or improvements to the water system. It provides surveying and mapping services, engineering functions, contract administration support, as-built drawings, land acquisition services and GIS database administration for system assets, among other duties. Engineering is composed of seven sections: Survey, Programs and Projects, Construction Management, Distribution and Property Management, Asset Recording, Administration, and Technical Support Services.
Chief of External Affairs
- Joined Denver Water as chief of Planning in 2016.
- Named chief of External Affairs in 2017, when Planning and Public Affairs merged.
- Served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources from 2010 to 2016.
- Worked as assistant director for Lands, Minerals and Energy Policy in 2006 before being appointed deputy director of the Department of Natural Resources.
- Worked in the Policy and Regulation Section of the Colorado Division of Wildlife for six years.
- Served as assistant attorney general from 1993 to 1999.
- Earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Colorado at Boulder, law degree from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.
The External Affairs division develops and maintains strategically effective relationships with the public, and identifies the future water and facilities needs of Denver Water and develops strategies for meeting those needs. As it plans for the future, External Affairs must consider how new water rights, infrastructure and resource management alternatives will work with the Board's existing raw water collection and treated water distribution systems. The division also is responsible for issues management, internal and executive communications, youth education, customer contact and public outreach functions. The division is composed of three main sections: Public Affairs, Customer Relations and Water Resources Strategy.
Chief of Finance
- Joined Denver Water as the chief of Finance in 2010.
- Worked for Ernst & Young, Arcadis, and Carollo Engineers providing financial planning and rate setting services to public utilities nationwide.
- Vice president of rates and regulatory matters for Comcast/AT&T Broadband from 1995-2003.
- Worked for Denver Water as a senior analyst from 1993 to 1995.
- Earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business.
- Appointed by Mayor Michael Hancock to serve on the Denver Urban Renewal Authority Board of Directors.
- Serves as chair of the American Water Works Association’s Finance, Accounting, Management and Controls Committee.
- Officer of the Board of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
- Selected for the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry’s “50 for Colorado” Leadership Program.
Finance manages financial resources and acts as the disbursing authority for the CEO/Manager. The division is responsible for creating long-range financial plans, controlling and disbursing funds, and for planning, developing and administrating water rates, among other duties. Finance is composed of four sections: Budget, Accounting, Treasury Operations and Rate Administration.
Chief Internal Auditor
- Joined Denver Water as Chief Internal Auditor in August 2019.
- Served in a similar capacity at Cloud Peak Energy, a mining company based in Broomfield with operations in Wyoming and Montana, from 2011 to 2019.
- Served as Director of Global Sarbanes-Oxley compliance at First Data Corp., a global electronic transaction processor based in Greenwood Village, from 2006 to 2010.
- Held a variety of leadership roles in finance and accounting with General Electric Co. from 1996 to 2006 in several U.S. locations.
- Started his career in external auditing with KPMG Peat Marwick, a large public accounting firm, performing financial statements attestation services in Princeton, New Jersey, and Brussels, Belgium.
- Graduated from the University of Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
- Holds certifications with the Institute of Internal Auditors as a Certified Internal Auditor and with ISACA as a Certified Information Systems Auditor. Earlier in his career was also licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.
The Internal Audit Activity reports directly to the Board of Commissioners and administratively to the CEO/Manager. This structure allows Internal Audit to provide independent and objective assurance and consulting services to Denver Water, as indicated in the Internal Audit Charter. Internal Audit conducts audit engagements that review and evaluate whether appropriate risk management, governance and internal control procedures are in place and functioning. Owing to its unique position in the organization, Internal Audit provides advice and recommendations to improve internal controls but is not permitted to make operational or policy decisions.
Each year, Internal Audit works closely with the Board of Commissioners and Denver Water’s management to develop an internal audit plan, which follows a structured audit planning process. These engagements are scheduled and executed throughout the year, following the internal audit process.
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Office of General Counsel
- Joined Denver Water in 2018 as general counsel.
- Worked as lead environmental lawyer for the City and County of Denver until 2016 when she became an assistant director within the City Attorney’s Office.
- Worked as an associate at Arnold & Porter, LLP, an international law firm, where she specialized in environmental law and complex litigation.
- Graduated from the Yale Law School in 2003.
- Earned a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College.
The Office of General Counsel provides legal counsel and advice and handles all legal representation for Denver Water, acting through its Board, CEO/Manager and employees.
The Office works closely and proactively with employees and managers at all levels of Denver Water, and has a direct reporting responsibility to the CEO/Manager and the Board. Several areas of legal practice are involved in providing legal counsel to Denver Water, including water rights, contracts, civil rights, tort claims, real estate, natural resources, and municipal, employment, construction, environmental and regulatory law. The Office represents Denver Water in litigation, administrative and regulatory hearings, and internal appeal hearings.
Operations and Maintenance
Chief of Operations and Maintenance
- Joined Denver Water in 2009 as assistant chief of Engineering.
- Named chief of Operations and Maintenance in 2011.
- Has 15 years of experience in the municipal water and wastewater industries in roles as utility owner, consultant and construction contractor.
- Received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University.
- Received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.
- Is a registered professional engineer in the state of Colorado.
Operations and Maintenance is responsible for operating and maintaining the physical and natural assets used to deliver water to Denver Water customers. These assets include rivers, canals, reservoirs, dams, tunnels, pipelines, valves, hydropower, tanks, pump stations and treatment plants. Operations and Maintenance establishes and implements criteria for the proper operation of all assets to the satisfaction of outside regulating agencies and Denver Water customers. It is composed of five sections: Source of Supply, Water Quality and Treatment, Water Distribution, Support Services, and Business Operations. Support Services provides fleet services, warehouse and trade shop functions, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, welding, carpentry and grounds maintenance to Denver Water.