Po­lis turn­ing to fa­mil­iar faces

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

Colorado Gov.-elect Jared Po­lis is tap­ping sev­eral top John Hick­en­looper ad­vis­ers and staffers from his con­gres­sional of­fice — and even one of his pri­mary op­po­nents — to fill sev­eral key ad­min­is­tra­tion po­si­tions.

Po­lis’ tran­si­tion team an­nounced th­ese se­nior staff hires Thurs­day af­ter­noon:

• Eve Lieber­man, chief pol­icy ad­viser and leg­isla­tive coun­sel. She’s cur­rently chief of staff to Po­lis’ 2nd Dis­trict con­gres­sional of­fice.

• Jacki Cooper Melmed, chief le­gal coun­sel. She has held that job in the Hick­en­looper ad­min­is­tra­tion since 2015.

• Lau­ren Lar­son, di­rec­tor of the Of­fice of State Plan­ning and Bud­get­ing. Hick­en­looper hired her for the same po­si­tion in July.

• Cary Kennedy, se­nior ad­viser for fis­cal pol­icy. She is the for­mer state trea­surer and CFO of the city of Den­ver. Kennedy also ran for gover­nor in the Demo­cratic pri­mary but sub­se­quently cam­paigned for Po­lis.

• David Op­pen­heim, leg­isla­tive di­rec­tor. He was most re­cently state di­rec­tor of State In­no­va­tion Ex­change.

• Wade Buchanan, pol­icy di­rec­tor. He held the same ti­tle un­der Gov. Roy Romer and also was Gov. Hick­en­looper’s se­nior ad­viser on ag­ing.

• Maria De Cam­bra, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment. She is manag­ing di­rec­tor at the Cam­paign for a Strong Colorado.

• Danielle Oliveto, deputy chief of staff. She’s a for­mer con­gres­sional and cam­paign staffer for Po­lis.

• Kate Siegel Shimko, di­rec­tor of boards and com­mis­sions. She was Con­gress­man Po­lis’ na­tional fi­nance di­rec­tor.

The in­com­ing gover­nor’s tran­si­tion team is con­tin­u­ing to fill Cab­i­net po­si­tions, re­view­ing more than 700 ap­pli­ca­tions.

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