As the Denver Post's Jon Murray notes in "The Spot":
5280 magazine’s upcoming rankings of the most powerful people in Denver features plenty of big players in state politics, but metro Denver’s public officials are well represented.
Starting, of course, with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, now in his third year in office. He comes in at No. 3 out of 50, the same position as in the magazine’s last ranking in 2011.
This time, though, he earns more than grudging respect from 5280. The magazine says the big-personality mayor is hitting his stride, citing Hancock’s passion for redevelopment of the Brighton Boulevard corridor, and is emerging from John Hickenlooper’s shadow. (Gov. Hick clocks in at No. 2 on the list, natch.) “If you want something done, Hancock is the person you call, not his team,” 5280 says. “It’s his name you remember.”
That's high praise for Mayor Hancock, though it's also a bit of a mixed message if there is less power on his staff. Other prominent Denverites on the list include Denver International Airport chief Kim Day; Denver City Council president Mary Beth Susman; Denver Police Chief Robert White; and Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg.