Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Michael Dougherty as district attorney to Colorado’s 20th Judicial District. He fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Stan Garnett. His appointment is effective March 1.
Dougherty announced he was applying to fill the district attorney position Feb. 2, when he suspended his campaign for Colorado attorney general.
Dougherty served for 12 years as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where he held supervisory positions including deputy chief of the Sex Crimes Unit and was responsible for the management, budget and personnel of the District Attorney’s Office while continuing to prosecute serious cases.
In 2010, he moved to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office to lead the Colorado DNA Justice Review Project. He later was promoted to serve as the head of the Criminal Justice Section. Currently, Dougherty serves in the District Attorney’s Office for Jefferson and Gilpin counties. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his law degree from Boston University School of Law.
Rep. Mike Foote opposed Dougherty for the district attorney position. Foote said earlier this month that he plans on running for the district attorney position in November, regardless of Hickenlooper’s appointment.
Garnett is returning to private practice March 1 when he will return to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as a partner.