June 10, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Gretchen Hollrah Steps Down, Brad Dodson Appointed Interim Executive Director of The Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center

Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced today that Brad Dodson will serve as Interim Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center (NWCO) as Gretchen Hollrah steps down to become Chief Operating Officer of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA).

“Gretchen has been an amazing leader and an incredible public servant during her 18 years of service with the City and County of Denver,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Thanks to Gretchen’s phenomenal leadership at the National Western Center, we are delivering a dynamic global destination for entertainment, cultural, educational and agricultural business innovation. I couldn’t be prouder of the work Gretchen has done and I know she will bring the same standard of excellence to her new role.”

During Hollrah’s tenure at the National Western Center, she has been responsible for overseeing strategic planning, general operations as well as construction efforts for the redevelopment of the 250-acre campus.

“It’s been an honor to serve the people of Denver, and I’m thankful to Mayor Hancock for the opportunity to serve our city in this capacity,” Hollrah said. “I’m proud of the work we have accomplished, and know the National Western Center team will continue to deliver on the commitments made to 2C voters, our partners, the state and the surrounding neighborhoods toward an outcome we will all be proud of.”

For continuity of leadership in the strategic management of the NWCO campus and the program team, the Mayor also announced that Brad Dodson has been named Interim Executive Director for the Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center. Dodson has served as the Deputy Director under Gretchen Hollrah, managing the financial structure of the Phase I & II $765 M capital build program, including the City’s interface between the State of Colorado and Denver Urban Renewal Authority on the Regional Tourism Act award. He has overseen the coordination of all campus-wide services including the development of the campus energy strategy.

“Brad has played a key role in the creation and management of this monumental project,” Mayor Hancock said. “His robust background and experience with the City gives me complete confidence that he will continue moving the National Western Center campus forward.”

Both Hollrah and Dodson are committed to a seamless transition, which will take place, Friday, June 7.

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