Michael Dougherty Named Boulder County DA

Attorney General candidate will have to run for election in November

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday appointed Michael Dougherty to fill the role of 20th Judicial District Attorney in Boulder County. Dougherty fills the DA vacancy created by the resignation of Stan Garnett on March 1.

“I am thrilled to have been selected by [Gov.] Hickenlooper to serve as the next Boulder County District Attorney,” Dougherty said in a press release. “The opportunity to lead the District Attorney’s Office in this community is an incredible honor and privilege. I will work tirelessly, drawing upon my 20 years of experience as a prosecutor to ensure public safety and achieve progressive criminal justice reform for Boulder County. I look forward to working closely with Stan Garnett and his staff to ensure a smooth transition for the office and the people of Boulder.”

Dougherty serves as a prosecutor in the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office and has been in a prosecutorial role in Colorado for 10 years. Dougherty is also a candidate for Colorado attorney general but suspended his campaign Feb. 2, when he announced he was applying for the Boulder County DA job. According to Dougherty’s campaign, he has not yet said whether he will resume his campaign for attorney general or ask voters in November to elect him to a full term as district attorney. His attorney general campaign website, however, now only includes the above statement about his appointment to district attorney.

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