Retiring head of Denver water utility killed |

Retiring head of Denver water utility killed

DENVER, Colorado – The longtime manager of Denver’s water utility has died in an accident on his farm in Hawaii just weeks before his retirement.

Denver Water spokeswoman Stacy Chesney says 66-year-old Chips Barry was killed Sunday. No details are available.

Barry had been in charge of Denver Water since 1991. He planned to step down at the end of the month.

Denver Water serves about 1.3 million people in Denver and some suburbs. Barry was widely credited with revitalizing the utility and changing its approach after federal regulators rejected its plan to build the massive Two Forks dam and reservoir in 1990.

Barry produced macadamia nuts, honey and coffee on the Hawaii farm and had planned to spend more time there after retiring.

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