Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s decade in power
July 18 marks the 10th anniversary of Mayor Michael Hancock as CEO of Denver. During this time, he led the city through unprecedented growth, but it hasn’t always been smooth.
After placing second in a 10-man race, Councilor Hancock is heading for a second-round victory over Chris Romer with 58% of the vote.
Hancock launches the Peak Performance program on his first day in office to make municipal government more efficient. The initiative, which uses techniques from the manufacturing industry to eliminate waste and optimize production, will save Denver more than $ 25 million by 2017.
City council passes a Hancock-backed ban on unauthorized urban camping, which critics say effectively criminalizes roaming. In 2019, a county judge will declare it unconstitutional, sparking an ongoing legal battle.
After a four-man race with a former punk rocker, dancer and arts activist, and retired Black Panther and florist, Hancock dodged a runoff and was re-elected with a whopping 80.2% of the vote.
Hancock unveils plans for Denver’s first affordable housing fund to raise $ 150 million and create more than 6,000 homes for low to moderate income families over the next decade. Critics say this is a fraction of what is needed.
As President Donald Trump’s administration tackles immigration, Hancock is reforming the city’s sentencing structure so that U.S. immigration and customs are no longer automatically alerted to petty offenses committed by immigrants.
It was revealed that Hancock texted a sexually-oriented text message to a member of his security service in 2012. “I made a mistake,” he said. “I’m human. I never pretend to be perfect.
Hancock’s son Jordan, then 22, is caught on camera during a traffic stop using anti-gay slurs and threatening to fire a police officer. “My dad is the mayor,” he says in the video. “From Denver? Said the officer. “Well, you are in Aurora. “
Overcoming allegations of sexual harassment and widespread concerns about the direction and pace of Denver’s development, Hancock wins a third and final term with 56.3% of the vote after revealing his biggest challenger doesn’t know what the NAACP represented.
Hancock promulgates a three-step plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $ 15.87 by 2022.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, Hancock urges Denverites to stay home for Thanksgiving, then board a plane to Mississippi to spend the vacation with his family.
Hancock announces plans to revive Denver’s post-pandemic recovery with $ 400 million in infrastructure upgrades. The bond measure awaits voter approval in the November ballot.