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ASHLEY KILROY NAMED AS NEW DIRECTOR OF EXCISE AND LICENSES

posted Oct 31, 2016, 11:01 PM by Alamo Placita   [ updated Oct 31, 2016, 11:02 PM ]

    

 

 

   PRESS RELEASE

Monday, Oct. 31, 2016

 

 

City and County of Denver

Mayor Michael B. Hancock

Jenna Espinoza, Deputy Communications Director

Jenna.Espinoza@DenverGov.org, 303-587-7123
Amber Miller, Communications Director

Amber.Miller@DenverGov.org

 

Stacie Loucks to Step Down, Ashley Kilroy Named as New Executive Director of Excise and Licenses

 

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced that Stacie Loucks will step down as Executive Director of Excise and Licenses and Ashley Kilroy, the current Executive Director of Marijuana Policy, will take the helm of the department. The Office of Marijuana Policy will now be housed in Excise and Licenses as a division of the department. 

 

“Stacie has been a phenomenal leader for Excise and Licenses,” Mayor Hancock said. “We brought her in to create better processes for our neighborhoods and businesses, and in her time she has exceeded expectations by streamlining licensing processes, creating efficiencies and cutting red tape to provide stellar customer service.”

 

Excise and Licenses is the central business-licensing department for the City and County of Denver. The department manages licensing for a broad range of businesses, for example retail and wholesale food operations, emergency and non-emergency vehicles, pedal cabs and peddlers, liquor and cabaret, medical marijuana centers and retail marijuana stores. The department is also responsible for the public hearing process that accompanies most business licensing.

 

The Mayor added, “The department will be in good hands with Ashley. She has served this great city for a number of years in various capacities, most recently as our navigator in the uncharted waters of legal recreational marijuana. From her time in the City Attorney’s Office, on the Career Service Board, and at the Department of Safety, to her taking on marijuana, Ashley has proven to be a steadfast, common-sense leader who builds partnerships and consensus. I’m proud to elevate her skillset and talent to the whole of our city’s business licensing processes.”

 

As the Office of Marijuana Policy transitions into a division of Excise and Licenses, Kilroy will continue as the director for marijuana policy. She and the marijuana policy staff recommend, administer and implement medical and retail marijuana policies and oversee and coordinate all marijuana-related activities of various city agencies, employees, boards and commissions.

 

“I am honored to be selected by Mayor Hancock to lead Excise and Licenses,” Kilroy said. “I look forward to building upon the great work that is occurring at Excise and Licenses to better serve our residents and businesses.

 

“Being at the forefront of marijuana policy in this new and evolving landscape has been a privilege, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to take our innovative, collaborative approach to licensing. I look forward to embedding marijuana policy within the operations of the department, as well as furthering the progress the Excise and Licenses team has made in improving customer services for Denver’s businesses and neighborhoods.”

 

Loucks plans to step down on November 4 to spend more time with her growing family. Since taking over the department in January 2014, Loucks has overseen the implementation of businesses licensing for the retail marijuana industry, as well as implementing the nation’s first online Short-Term Rental license, adding new licenses to the regulatory framework for the city and updating obsolete businesses practices – all while drastically reducing customer wait times.

 

“Expanding my family and having children has only deepened my appreciation for the work that the Mayor and all city employees do every day, and to be part of this work has been a genuine dream come true, but now is the time for me to enjoy all that Denver has to offer with my kids,” Loucks said. “One of my proudest moments in this role was the work my team and I accomplished in streamlining old processes to improve customer service and build consumer confidence. My deepest gratitude to Mayor Hancock for his support and leadership.”

 

Kilroy will begin in her new role on Nov. 7, 2016.