The Executive Director is the highest authority in the Department of Safety. Similar to a “Board of Directors,” Ms. O'Malley and her deputies provide civilian oversight, leadership and guidance to the Department’s individual Chiefs and Directors. They require accountability, guide policy decisions, assist in developing long-term goals, and improve public safety service delivery throughout the Department’s entire spectrum of services. In addition, the Director’s Office is responsible for issuing fair and unbiased discipline decisions on behalf of the Fire, Police and Sheriff Departments.
About Executive Director of Safety, Stephanie O'Malley
Stephanie Y. O’Malley is a Denver native who grew up in Denver’s City Park West neighborhood. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Colorado and received her law degree from the University Of Denver Sturm College Of Law. Ms. O’Malley graduated with honors from Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Prior to her appointment as Executive Director of the Department of Safety, Ms. O’Malley served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Michael B. Hancock, after serving as Denver’s first elected Denver County Clerk and Recorder.
As Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Michael B. Hancock, she served as an executive advisor to the Mayor and on his behalf engaged in a host of matters of public concern including direct engagement with Denver’s Police, Fire, and Sheriff’s departments, direct engagement with the Office of the Independent Monitor, collective bargaining, M/WBE considerations, arts and culture, homelessness, business operations and community engagement. In her support to Mayor Hancock, Ms. O’Malley additionally strongly encouraged Mayor Hancock to advance considerations which ultimately became part of Denver’s successful Ballot Measure 2A.
As Clerk and Recorder, Ms. O’Malley was solely responsible for oversight of all fiscal, operational, and policy driven responsibilities concerning Denver County elections, recordings, foreclosures, and city clerk functions. In this role, she managed a multimillion dollar budget, a host of full time and temporary city employees, and created and successfully implemented “Denver Votes”, Denver’s current successful election platform that eliminated long lines and voting challenges for Denver voters. In addition to her role as a Denver elected official, Ms. O’Malley has served the city of Denver as the Director of the Department of Excise and Licenses as an appointee of former Mayor John Hicklenlooper.
Ms. O’Malley currently serves on the Denver Urban Redevelopment Authority Board, the Zion Baptist Church Trustee Board, the Steering Committee for Forest Street Compassionate Care Center, and the advisory committee for the Denver School of Science and Technology. She has previously served as a founding board member of DSST, the Denver Public School Citizens Bond Committee, and the Colorado Election Reform Commission. Ms. O’Malley is the mother of two teenage sons, Patrick and Steven.