DENVER (3/21/2017) – Tony Gherardini has been promoted to Deputy Executive Director of Operations for the Colorado Department of Human Services, Executive Director Reggie Bicha announced today. He begins his
new role on April 3.
As Deputy Executive Director of Operations, Gherardini will be responsible for oversight of the Office of Administrative Solutions and the Office of Performance and Strategic Outcomes, as well as the CDHS facilities that operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week: three Regional Centers, four Colorado Veterans Community Living Centers, the Division of Youth Corrections, and two Mental Health Institutes.
“Tony is a proven leader who cares deeply about the people we serve and the taxpayers who support them,” Bicha said. “His military experience and long career in public service have more than prepared him for this new
Gherardini has worked at the Department since June 2014, and has been the director of the Office of Administrative Solutions (OAS) since February 2016. As the director of OAS, he was responsible for overseeing
CDHS’ internal operations, including employee relations, business technology, facilities management, and finance and accounting. From 2014 to 2016, Gherardini was the Department’s Emergency Manager. In that role, he worked to establish continuity of operations, and served as the lead of emergency preparedness activities.
“Since joining the Department in 2014, I’ve been continuously impressed by the incredibly professional and dedicated staff at CDHS,” Gherardini said. “I’m looking forward to a continued collaboration with our employees, as well as with county partners, community advocates and legislators. Above all, I’m excited and humbled for this opportunity to serve the most vulnerable citizens of Colorado in this new capacity.”
Prior to joining CDHS, Gherardini was a member of the City of Lakewood Police Department, including two years as a detective in the Crimes Against Children Unit. He is a military veteran, and served in Afghanistan from 2010-11 as a military police officer.
Gherardini holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver, and bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.