Getting to Know Eulois Cleckley, Hancock’s Choice to Head Denver Public Works

Photo: City and County of Denver
Photo: City and County of Denver

Eulois Cleckley will helm Denver Public Works, Mayor Michael Hancock announced Tuesday, starting on December 11. Cleckley replaces interim chief George Delaney, who took over following the retirement of Jose Cornejo in May.

The new department head comes to Denver from the Houston-Galveston Area Council, the regional planning agency where he currently serves as deputy director.

Cleckley will be assuming an exceptionally important role at public works. He’ll oversee the separation of a new, stand-alone transportation department from within the agency. And the mayor’s office said he’ll “play a critical role” in implementing the $937 million in transportation and other civic improvement projects funded by the recently-approved bond measure.

Among Cleckley’s initiatives in Houston was “Commute Solutions,” which aims to curb car dependence in a region where just 2 to 3 percent of residents commute by transit.

“Essentially we’re trying to encourage people to stop relying on their single occupancy vehicle and take advantage of all the alternative transportation modes in the city,” Cleckley said in a Texas radio interview. The regional planning agency should “fund projects that make the transit services a lot more efficient and effective,” he added.

Prior to the Houston post, Cleckley worked at the Washington, DC, Department of Transportation. He headed field operations, which entailed managing the city’s traffic signals, signage, and pavement markings.

“Cleckley also developed policies and implemented programs that promoted proper land use, safety and reliability of Washington’s transportation system,” according to Hancock’s office.

Denver’s new DPW chief also founded Demarche Alliance INC, a now-defunct nonprofit aimed at “increasing the presence of minority-owned businesses in the transportation industry,” according to his LinkedIn resume.

  • TakeFive

    Nice resume I’d say.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Today’s Headlines

|
Advocates for a Navigable City Say Hancock’s Budget Must Reflect Stated Walking, Biking Priorities (DenPo) …Because the Status Quo Has Caused a Public Health Crisis (Denverite) No One Hurt After Woman Drives Down US 36 Bikeway at Highway Speed (9News) RTD Announces Public Input Meetings for Overhaul to Fare Pass Program (DenPo) Before the I-70 […]

Today’s Headlines

|
CDOT I-70 Contractor Walks Back Request to Excavate into the Night — for Now (Denverite) Seven Companies Submit Applications to Operate Dockless Bike-Share, Scooter-Share (9News) University of Denver Launches Micro Transit Pilot with Chariot (DU) Developer Known for Affordable Housing Buys Bar, Parking Lot Near 30th and Downing RTD Station (BusinessDen) Uber Teams Up with […]

Today’s Headlines

|
Driver Seriously Injures Kid in Montbello (Fox31) Driver Runs Down Woman with Car in Lowry, Nearly Kills Her (DenPo) Hancock Administration OK with CDOT Contractor Bulldozing, Drilling into Night for 5 Years to Widen I-70 (Denverite) Did a Motorist Vandalize South Broadway’s LGBTQ Pride Crosswalk? (Denverite) Westword News Flash: Driving Unsafe, Not Fun Hit-and-Run Driver […]