Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer was appointed this week by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado. His appointment is effective until the Senate confirms a presidential nominee for the post.
Under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, the terms of acting officials — including Troyer — for federally appointed positions were set to expire Nov. 15, which was 300 days after President Trump’s inauguration.
Sessions used his powers under under 28 U.S. Code Section 546 to appoint Troyer for a term of 120 days. If that term expires and the president fails to make a permanent appointment, the U.S. District Court may appoint Troyer to the office until the vacancy is filled.
Troyer has served as Colorado’s Acting U.S. Attorney since August 2016, after his predecessor John Walsh stepped down to return to private practice. Troyer will continue his office’s work “to rebuild trust between communities and law enforcement, including by prosecuting hate crimes and improving reporting of those crimes,” according to a Department of Justice press release. The office will also continue working to address statewide opioid abuse, through enforcement as well as prevention and inmate re-entry work.
Troyer received his law degree from Boston College Law School and afterward practiced at Ropes & Gray in Boston. He then moved to Denver to practice at Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Strickland, and in 1999 he joined the criminal division of the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office. He went back to private practice to lead the Hogan & Hartson Denver office’s litigation department before returning to the U.S. Attorney’s Office as First Assistant U.S. Attorney seven years ago.
Troyer was also recently appointed to serve on National Crime Gun Intelligence Governing Board.
NOTE: This post was updated 2:15 p.m. 11/17 to add information about Troyer’s appointment.