Governor John Hickenlooper is losing top staffers like there’s a race to get out of the Capitol. This isn’t at all unusual for a Governor entering his final year in office, but it can still be pretty jarring — particularly when high-level staff members are replaced with people who are virtually unknown in political circles.
As the Denver Post explains regarding the departure of Hickenlooper Chief of Staff Doug Friednash:
Replacing Friednash will be businessman and lawyer Pat Meyers, who has held senior roles at the Colorado-based restaurant chains Quiznos and Smashburger.
For what Meyers has in business acumen, however, he is lacking in political experience — especially when compared to Friednash — as Hickenlooper prepares to work with a politically split legislature to complete his goals before leaving office…
…“We have so much still to do in the next 408 days,” Hickenlooper’s statement Monday announcing Meyers’ job said. “Pat will bring a broad variety of experience to that work. I can’t wait to get started.”
This would be the part of the story where we talk about the new guy and ponder his new role as the Governor’s right-hand-man…
So, yeah. Pat Meyers.