Alan Salazar named permanent Denver Water CEO/Manager

After six months in an interim role, the decision makes Salazar Denver Water’s 16th CEO.

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024 — At its meeting today, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners named Alan Salazar as permanent CEO/Manager of Denver Water, effective immediately.

On Aug. 7, 2023, Salazar started as an interim CEO, while the board continued its process to fully determine what was best for the long-term future of Denver Water.

Following today’s meeting, Dominique Gómez, President of the Denver Board of Water Commissioners, issued the following statement:

We’re excited to announce Alan Salazar as Denver Water’s 16th CEO. His warmth, focus on relationships and deep, unique skill set make Alan the perfect leader for this moment and where we are headed as an organization.

The many challenges we face — including a changing and growing service area, uncertainty from climate change, maintaining and improving our aging infrastructure, and keeping up with increasing regulatory requirements — make it clear that we need a leader who can build relationships and ensure we have a voice when it comes to how these issues are addressed. 

Alan is an established and well-respected leader in our community, and he’s making the same impact throughout the water industry. Alan understands the public policy process and how to bring different interest groups together to work toward a common goal.

I know that Alan’s expertise and guidance will allow us to maintain Denver Water’s legacy of excellence, delivering a reliable and safe water supply to our customers today, while partnering with stakeholders to ensure we can answer the demands of tomorrow.

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