DENVER - After only three years, but with an impressive list of achievements, the Executive Director of Colorado's Department of Public Safety will leave his position to pursue an independent consulting business, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Thursday.
In three years, Executive Director Jim Davis has helped create a streamlined, coordinated response effort between multiple government agencies, the governor said.
"I could go on about how Jim Davis has overseen a tremendous consolidation of governmental agencies, bringing homeland security, emergency management and wildland firefighting all under one Public Safety umbrella, with grace, intellect, and generally tremendous leadership -- and he has -- but I won't," Hickenlooper said. "What I want to focus on is his heart. Jim Davis is a big man, one might even go so far to say, he's formidable. And within that big man is a big heart."
Davis led the department in combining the state's homeland security, emergency management and wildland firefighting agencies into one, which helped team members communicate and respond more effectively to emergency situations. He was also credited with improving traffic and highway safety and reliability.
"I am so fortunate to have been appointed to this position by Gov. Hickenlooper and to have had the opportunity to serve under his leadership through some of the most horrific events imaginable," Davis said. "I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with the dedicated men and women of the Colorado Department of Public Safety and very proud of all that we have accomplished."
Some of the events that Davis oversaw emergency responses for included four different wildfires and the Front Range flooding in September 2013 that killed eight people.
Davis joined the department in January 2011, and oversees several security, investigation and safety agencies, including the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado School Safety Resource Center. He will continue his job responsibilities until the end of March, when he plans to head up a security firm called Ascent Risk Solutions, LLC.