Brendan Hanlon

Chief Financial Officer
City and County of Denver

Brendan Hanlon is the Chief Financial Officer CFO) for the City and County of Denver.  He served as Denver’s Budget Director for five years before being appointed to CFO by Mayor Hancock in February 2016.  In 2018, he served as Denver's Deputy Mayor.   As the Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Finance he oversees the Treasury, Controller's Office, Risk Management, Workers Compensation, Debt Management, Budget, Capital Planning and Programming, Peak Academy, Motor Vehicle, Property Assessment function of the city totaling $63m 2019 budget and including 430 staff.

Under his leadership, Denver has issued General Obligation Bonds, Revenue Bond and Certificate of Participation exceeding $3.5B while maintaining a GO bond rating of AAA from all 3 major rating agencies.  In 2011 and 2012 he led the city's Structural Financial taskforce which brought fiscal sustainability to the city after the Great Recession.  He helped establish the city’s first affordable housing fund in 2017 and doubled its investment in 2019 to $33m annually. 

He served on the 2017 Elevate Denver Bond executive steering committee and has brought his budget expertise to issues facing the city from health insurance, fiscal sustainability and affordable housing.  Since 2016 he has served as a member of the National Western Center project steering committee, the National Western Center Authority Board, the Denver Union Station Project Authority and the Housing Advisory Committee.  In 2018, Mr. Hanlon was appointed to the regional Urban Drainage and Flood Control District and served on its Finance and Audit committee. 

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in both history and political science and Master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in public finance from the University of Connecticut.