After serving for nearly three years as the Executive Director of Marijuana Policy in Denver, Ashley
Kilroy was promoted in October 2016 by Mayor Michael B. Hancock to lead the city’s Department of Excise and Licenses.
Excise and Licenses is the central business-licensing department for the City and County of Denver
and includes the Office of Marijuana Policy. The department manages licensing for a broad range of businesses, including liquor stores, bars and restaurants, and marijuana stores and cultivation
facilities. In this position, Kilroy maintains responsibility for the administration and implementation of marijuana policy for Denver. Kilroy and her team have developed a collaborative approach to marijuana management, facilitating engagement and coordinating the work of hundreds of city employees who are committed to the city’s successful implementation of a legal marijuana.
Kilroy graduated from the University of Alabama before receiving her J.D. with honors from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans. She has three daughters and lives in Denver with her husband, Jim.