Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Michael Hancock celebrates 100 mostly sunny days in a "world-class city"

Michael Hancock has good timing. He was in the right place, right time when Denver voters were looking for someone, anyone but Chris Romer to be mayor, and managed to edge out James Mejia, the other leading someone.

And even as Snobama was descending on the city, Mayor Hancock managed to celebrate his first 100 days in office in fair weather.

At 11:30 a.m. yesterday, Hancock stood on the steps of City Hall and outlined his accomplishments in "delivering a world-class city where everyone matters." For those everyones who weren't in attendance, he introduced a good-looking new 100 Days web page, and he sent this sunshiny letter:

Dear Friend:

Today marks my 100th day in office, and I want to say thank you to all of the Denver residents and City employees who are working hard to shape our agenda and contribute to our early achievements.

We've hit the ground running on four key priorities: bringing fiscal sustainability to city government; driving private-sector economic growth to create jobs; improving education and other opportunities for all kids; and beginning to restore public trust and confidence in our Police Department.

Thanks to you, we've taken important first steps toward delivering a world-class city where everyone matters.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the unprecedented level of community outreach and public input we are engaged in. On Saturday, we hosted our first citywide Community Forum, and over the past 100 days, my team and I have taken part in more than 130 neighborhood events and meetings throughout Denver's diverse neighborhoods.

Our progress over the past 100 days will position us for even greater achievements over the next four years.

For a comprehensive look at the First 100 Days, please click here for a full report.

What's ahead? By the end of the year, we will have established a focused economic development strategy for Denver, appointed a Children's Affairs director and named a new Police Chief.

I invite you to explore further the work we've done over the past 100 days by going to the Mayor's page on the website. There, you'll find a deeper and broader overview of the hard work we've accomplished together. I also encourage you to join me and my team in the work of delivering that world-class city by signing up to receive e-mail alerts.

While we face tremendous challenges ahead, we have within our grasp all we need to succeed.

Please join us as we work together to deliver a world-class city where everyone truly matters.

Thank you.


Michael B. Hancock Mayor

As suggested by Hancock's letter, the biggest work is yet to come, including not just finding a police chief, but appointing a public works director to keep the city running, and a planning director to help determine the direction. And while he's at it, how about retooling that clunky slogan "Delivering a world-class city where everyone matters"?

But in the meantime, there's another reason for Hancock to celebrate: One of those everyones is leaving town. Scottie Ewing, the former pimp at Denver Players who alleged that Hancock was a client, is moving to Las Vegas next month.

More from our Calhoun: Wake-Up Call archive: "Occupy Denver: John Hickenlooper and Michael Hancock have a stinky mess on their hands."

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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