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Week Of Special Interest 03/11/20
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By La Voz Staff

Denver Fire Department interim Chief named

The Department of Public Safety announced that Deputy Chief Todd A. Bower will serve as interim Fire Chief of the Denver Fire Department (DFD) effective, March 9.

“Chief Bower is a proven leader who is well-respected throughout the fire service industry for his dedication to ensuring the highest level of emergency, medical and fire service delivery to the public,” said Executive Director of Public Safety, Murphy Robinson. “His extensive experience and tenure with the Department will support continuity of leadership in strategic management and a continued focus on community involvement.”

Chief Bower was hired as a Denver firefighter in 1993 and has worked his way through the ranks over the years, holding the positions of First Grade Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Fire Chief and Division Chief of Administration. He has served as DFD’s Deputy Chief since 2010, overseeing strategic planning and management of DFD’s six divisions: Operations, Fire Prevention, Technical Services, Administration and Investigations, Safety and Training, and Airport Fire and Rescue. Additionally, he led the merger and acquisition project for intergovernmental acquisition of services to the City of Englewood, the effort to obtain the highest Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating for the Department’s municipal fire protection work and the Department’s successful accreditation efforts.

“It’s been an honor to serve the people of Denver and the dedicated members of the Denver Fire Department for nearly 27 years and I am humbled to serve in an even greater way as interim Fire Chief,” Chief Bower said. “As a Colorado native with deep family roots in both the community and Department, I am committed to the continued enhancement of Department innovations, workforce diversity, and fire prevention education.”

Another presumptive COVID-19 case over the weekend

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) state lab identified one presumptive positive case of COVID-19, based on overnight testing. The state completed tests on 20 specimens that fit testing criteria.

The patient is a female in her 50s from Larimer County who has been diagnosed with pneumonia. CDPHE and local health agencies are working to gather more information, and contact any individuals who have had close contact with the patient. The investigation is just beginning and more information will be released as it becomes available. Continue to stay up to date by visiting

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Annika Sorenstam and Gary J. Player on March 23, 2020. They will join Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Charlie Sifford, and Tiger Woods as the only golfers to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This prestigious award is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, which may be awarded by the President to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Colorado Governor

Governor Polis has instructed the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), to issue guidance and direction to Colorado health insurers regarding coverage of COVID-19 claims. Bulletin B-4.104 provides direction for insurers, as well as consumers, for health insurance plans that are regulated by the Colorado DOI.

Denver Mayor

City agencies have improved at tracking assets and special revenues but still could do a better job, according to two new follow-up reports out this month from Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA.

“The city needs to keep a close watch on how we are using taxpayer dollars,” Auditor O’Brien said. “The city’s money should be used transparently, and we should know what the city owns and where these items are at all times.” We followed up on two audits: Special Revenue Funds from 2017 and Capital Assets: Buildings and Equipment from 2018.





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