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.
Eight division directors, the general counsel, the 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, 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.
As chief of staff, Julie Anderson 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. Anderson also oversees continuous improvement for the organization and functions as a strategic business advisor to members of the executive/senior management team.
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 a broad range of publics, 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, and public outreach functions. The division is composed of four main sections: communications and marketing; customer relations; stakeholder 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 of Human Resources
- Joined Denver Water in 2014 as chief of Human Resources.
- Worked in HR for more than 20 years with Ryder Systems, American Express, USAA and Revel Entertainment.
- Earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Tampa College.
- Earned a master’s degree in education/human resource studies from Colorado State University.
The Human Resources division is responsible for interpreting, updating and enforcing Denver Water’s personnel policies; maintaining and revising Denver Water’s classification and pay plans; establishing, maintaining and processing employees’ personnel records; implementing policies, procedures and programs relative to recruiting, hiring, managing and retaining Denver Water employees; developing training and education programs for personal, professional and organizational development; implementing programs related to wellness, counseling, support, employee relations and equal opportunity; administering Denver Water’s employee compensation, benefits and retirement programs; finding solutions to employee and managerial concerns while monitoring and developing a healthy work environment; and developing community outreach efforts with the goal of establishing Denver Water as an employer of choice.
Christopher R. Dermody
Chief Information Officer
- Joined Denver Water as chief information officer in 2000.
- Served as chief architect, Health Systems Management Inc., 2000.
- Served as chief operating officer, Caribou Systems Inc., 1999.
- Served as assistant vice president, Great-West Life, 1981 to 1999.
- Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, Brandon University, 1981.
- Co-founder of the Water & Wastewater CIO Forum.
The Information Technology division plans, develops, implements and supports all information technology-enabled business systems and operational technology-enabled water process instrumentation and industrial control systems, including enterprise infrastructure and communication systems for Denver Water. This involves providing appropriate resources to deliver secure technology solutions that produce net productivity gains and enhanced information management capabilities, while minimizing the risk of obsolescence and nonsupport.
Prescott B. Coleman, CIA, CISA
Chief Internal Auditor
- Joined Denver Water in 2009 as chief internal auditor.
- Is a certified internal auditor and certified information systems auditor.
- Serves as a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
- Serves as a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.
- Earned a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts and communications from Austin College.
- Earned a Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University.
Internal Audit reports to the Board directly and to the CEO/Manager administratively. This structure allows Internal Audit to provide independent and objective assurance and consulting services to Denver Water, per 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 control, but it is not permitted to make operational or policy decisions.
Each year, Internal Audit works closely with the Board and management to develop an internal audit plan, which follows a structured audit planning process. These audits are scheduled and executed throughout the year, following the internal audit process.
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Office of General Counsel
Patricia L. Wells
- Joined Denver Water in 1991.
- Served as either city attorney or deputy city attorney, City and County of Denver, 1983 to 1991.
- Serves as a governor-appointed member on the Colorado Water Conservation Board, 2013 to present, also served 1995 to 2001.
- Served on the governor-appointed Colorado Water Quality Control Commission, 2007 to 2013.
- Worked as staff attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund and judicial clerk for Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University.
- Earned a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.
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.