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Fmr. Mayor Wellington Webb

Wellington Webb spent 12 years as the leader of Denver's Mile High City, and helped drag it out of the economic doldrums of 1991 to achieve infrastructure investments totaling $7 billion by the time he left office in 2003.

He is the managing director of Webb Development Group, a mixed-use real estate development firm, and board member of Alliance Development Partners Incorporated, a real estate development firm.

Wellington serves on the board of directors of Maximus Corporation and of Maldef (Mexican American Legal Defense Fund), and is the president & CEO of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the advisory board for US Bank. He is a member of the Denver Rotary, a 33rd Degree Mason, and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities.

As mayor, he oversaw the completion of the $4 billion Denver International Airport and the redevelopment of the former Stapleton Airport into a thriving residential and business area. He also helped convince voters to approve a $300 million addition to the Colorado Convention Center, which opened December 2004, and he pushed through difficult negotiations for a nearby privately-publicly funded Hyatt hotel which opened in 2005.

Wellington was instrumental in convincing the city to create Denver Health Medical Authority in 1997, which eliminated a cash deficit of $39 million. The mayor led the campaign for nearly $290 million in voter-approved bonds for improvements to the hospital and property. He also added more than 2,000 acres of new parks and open space to the city — the largest addition of parkland by any mayor in Denver's history. During Wellington’s tenure as mayor, voters also approved $96 million for neighborhood and park improvements, and $125 million for a major expansion of the Denver Art Museum and improvements to the Denver Zoo.

Prior to being elected mayor, he served in the Colorado State Legislature; was appointed a regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Jimmy Carter; was appointed executive director of Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies under Governor Richard Lamm; and was elected Denver's city auditor.

Wellington is married to former six-term State Representative Wilma J. Webb, and they have four grown children.