Barry Passes

Hamlet "Chips" BarryThe chief executive officer of Denver Water for 19 years, Hamlet ‘Chips’ Barry (66) passed away May 2nd. Barry was found under a tractor on his Hawaiian farm, less than a month after his retirement. During his Denver Water tenure, the utility implemented a water conservation program, built a recycled water distribution system, invested millions of dollars in improvements at its treatment facilities, monitored recovery from devastating wildfires in the utility's watershed, and led the work to recover from one of the worst droughts in the state's history. He will be remembered for his visionary water policy, his humor, and the empathy he felt for the people he worked with and befriended. Barry was replaced by Jim Lochhead who has represented the state of Colorado and a coalition of major water utilities and districts, including Denver's, on interstate issues arising from the Colorado River.