Na­tional West­ern Cen­ter’s chief de­part­ing

The Denver Post - - ROUNDUP - By Jon Mur­ray

The long­time di­rec­tor of Den­ver’s Na­tional West­ern Cen­ter project will de­part as the $1.1 bil­lion un­der­tak­ing is primed for the start of its de­mo­li­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal cleanup and con­struc­tion phases.

Kelly Leid made the sur­prise an­nounce­ment that he has de­cided to re­turn to Den­ver home­builder Oak­wood Homes after nine years in pub­lic sec­tor jobs. Those in­clude work­ing as op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor at Den­ver Pub­lic Schools be­fore join­ing Mayor Michael Han­cock’s ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2011, first over­see­ing devel­op­ment ser­vices and then start­ing the North Den­ver Corner­stone Col­lab­o­ra­tive of­fice, where he took on the Na­tional West­ern re­de­vel­op­ment, in 2013.

Han­cock on Wed­nes­day ap­pointed Gretchen Holl­rah, Leid’s deputy in the split-off Na­tional West­ern Cen­ter of­fice, as the new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. She will start after Leid’s last day, Oct. 2. The di­rec­tor’s salary is $155,436.

“(Leid’s) abil­ity to con­sis­tently take on sig­nif­i­cant, com­plex projects, bring­ing a broad coali­tion of pub­lic and pri­vate in­ter­ests to­gether, and or­ga­nize them to­ward suc­cess is truly unique,” Han­cock said in a news re­lease. “It is bit­ter­sweet to see him go, but his im­pact through sin­cere pub­lic ser­vice will con­tinue as his le­gacy.”

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