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Denver mayor pushed out sheriff, then created a $160,000 job for him

Late on the evening of Oct. 14, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced in a press release that Patrick Firman, the man he’d appointed sheriff in 2015, would step down. What Hancock failed to mention was that the very next morning, Firman would start a new and lucrative job as a mayoral appointee. Firman’s new position, which was created just for him, pays $160,000. “He is currently in a new appointed position within the Mayor’s office,” Hancock spokeswoman Theresa Marchetta said, “developing a strategy for technology-related initiatives, data/analytics and performance metrics,” including work on a roughly year-old program called the Denver Opportunity Index. The program seeks to use hyperlocal data to better inform first responders and pinpoint specific neighborhood needs and concerns on the public safety front. When Firman was sheriff, Marchetta said, he was making $194,476 annually.


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