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Sheridan Public Library construction underway

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White Construction Group recently began construction of the new Sheridan Public Library at 3425 W. Oxford Ave. in Sheridan.




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Levitt Pavilion Denver reaches 65 percent fundraising goal

Ruby Hill Park Amphitheater moving ahead


hanks to the generosity of the Denver community, Levitt Pavilion Denver has received its lead capital gifts, or the funds to move ahead with final design plans and to break ground on amphitheater construction in 2015. Initial renderings for the amphitheater were recently released, with final designs slated for March 2015. In partnership with the national Levitt Pavilions and the City and County of Denver, the nonprofit has reached 65 percent of its $4 million capital fundraising campaign, thanks to a $2 million Better Denver bond appropriation from City and County of Denver and the following donations: $400,000 from the Levitt Foundation, $150,000 from the Gates Family Foundation, $10,000 from Greenway Foundation and the remainder from Denver’s community members and philanthropists.   Pending the success of the continuing fundraising campaign and the acquisition of the remaining $1,400,000 in needed funds that will go toward the amphitheater building, the new outdoor music venue will join the list of scenic and acoustic greats such as the Red Rocks and Denver Botanic Gardens amphitheaters. Construction for the seventh Levitt Pavilion in the country is slated to begin in 2015 and is part of the City of Denver’s Ruby Hill Park master plan. Each year, beginning in 2016, nonprofit Friends of Levitt Pavilion Denver will produce 50 free concerts from local, national and international acts for an audience of as many as 7,500 people that will gather Continued on page 2

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Initial renderings for Ruby Hill Park Amphitheater; final designs slated for March 2015.

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O’Malley appointed as executive director of Department of Safety Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced the appointment of Deputy Chief of Staff Stephanie Y. O’Malley as Executive Director of the Department of Safety (formerly Manager of Safety) for the City and County of Denver, effective Jan. 1, 2014. The Executive Director of Safety provides civilian oversight of the police, fire and sheriff’s departments.

 “This vital role, one of the most important in my cabinet, requires a very stable and thoughtful individual, someone with the experience and political acumen to maintain the public’s confidence in Denver’s safety agencies,” Hancock said. “Stephanie brings those attributes as well as a high level of integrity, a commitment to justice, and a well-earned level of respect from the legal and public-safety communities.” As Deputy Chief of Staff to Hancock, O’Malley engaged in a host of matters of public concern

on his behalf, including direct engagement with Denver’s police, fire, and sheriff’s departments, as well as with the Office of the Independent Monitor; collective bargaining; M/WBE considerations; arts and culture; homelessness; business operations; and community engagement.   “I am honored to serve as the Executive Director of the Department of Safety. I understand the importance of this position and the monumental responsibility that it brings,” O’Malley said. “I stand committed to advancing the well-being of the department as a whole and to being the anchor to each facet of this branch of government that is so critical to the Denver community and its citizens. I am humbled by Mayor Hancock’s confidence in me to lead the Department of Safety.” Interim Safety Manager Ashley Kilroy will continue to serve in this capacity until Jan. 1. At that time,

Stephanie Y. O’Malley

Kilroy will return to her previous position as Deputy Director of the Department of Safety. A Denver native, O’Malley grew up in the City Park West neighborhood. She graduated with honors from Howard University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Colorado and received her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  From 2007-2011, O’Malley

served as Denver’s first elected Denver County Clerk and Recorder. As an appointee of former Mayor John Hickenlooper, O’Malley was director of the Department of Excise and Licenses from 2003-2007. O’Malley currently serves on the Denver Urban Redevelopment Authority Board, the Zion Baptist Church Trustee Board, the Steering Committee for Forest Street Compassionate Care Center, and the advisory committee for the Denver School of Science and Technology.  She previously served as a founding board member of DSST, the Denver Public Schools Citizens Bond Committee and the Colorado Election Reform Commission.  O’Malley is the mother of two teenage sons, Patrick and Steven. Mayor Hancock said O’Malley will build trust and strengthen relationships between city government and Denver’s diverse communities.

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