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Hickenlooper Names Denver FBI Chief To Head Public Safety

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Jim Davis, the special agent in charge of the Denver division of the FBI, has been named by Gov.-Elect John Hickenlooper as the next executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

Pending Senate confirmation, Davis succeeds Kathy E. Sasak who was appointed to the position in August by Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. Sasak succeeded Peter A. Weir who became a senior chief deputy district attorney for felony prosecutions in the First Judicial District of Colorado.

Davis was named to his current post in 2008. He is responsible for all investigative, intelligence and administrative operations for the FBI in Colorado and Wyoming. In his new role, Davis will oversee the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, the Division of Fire Safety, the Office of Preparedness and Security and the Colorado School Safety Resource Center.

Before coming to Colorado, Davis served as legal attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, where he was the senior FBI representative to the U.S. Ambassador and oversaw all non-terrorism FBI operations in the Iraqi theater.

The full press release follows:

James Davis named Executive Director of Department of Public Safety

DENVER ­— Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 — Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper announced today James “Jim” Davis will be Executive Director of the Department of Public Safety.

Davis is now the Special Agent in Charge of the Denver division of the FBI. His 25-year career in the FBI includes directing the investigation and prevention of an al-Qaeda terrorist plot led by Najibullah Zazi in 2009 and serving as the senior federal law enforcement official for the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

“Jim Davis has an exemplary record of service in the most important job of any public official: ensuring the safety of our citizens,” Hickenlooper said. “Jim has made the sharing of information and intelligence among law enforcement agencies at all levels a priority, putting public safety above bureaucracy. He is one of the nation’s finest law enforcement officers, and we are thankful to have him watching over Colorado.”

Davis was named to his current post in 2008. He is responsible for all investigative, intelligence and administrative operations for the FBI in Colorado and Wyoming. In his new role, Davis will oversee the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, the Division of Fire Safety, the Office of Preparedness and Security and the Colorado School Safety Resource Center.

“I am honored to have been selected by Gov.-elect Hickenlooper to serve as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety,” Davis said. “Our state faces many challenges in ensuring the safety of our citizens. I am excited by the opportunity to work closely with municipal and county agencies in finding effective and efficient means of meeting those challenges. I appreciate the Governor-elect’s confidence and look forward to continuing to protect our great state.”

Before coming to Colorado, Davis served as the Legal Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, where he was the senior FBI representative to the U.S. Ambassador and oversaw all non-terrorism FBI operations in the Iraqi theater.

Davis took two temporary duty assignments in the Middle East after being named assistant special agent in charge of the Indianapolis division in 2003. He was deputy on-scene commander of the FBI’s Baghdad Operations Center and served as the on-scene commander for the FBI in Afghanistan, where he led FBI operations in the hunt for al-Qaeda operatives.

Davis earned an accounting degree from Michigan State University. Before entering the FBI, he worked as a certified public accountant in Chicago.

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About the Department of Public Safety

The Department’s role is to maintain, promote, and enhance public safety through law enforcement, criminal investigations, fire and crime prevention, recidivism reduction and victim advocacy. It also provides professional support for public safety workers and entities. It is headed by an executive director and comprises the Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Division of Criminal Justice, the Division of Fire Safety, the Office of Preparedness and Security, the CDPS Human Resource Services, and the School Safety Resource Center, as well as several commissions.

About Partners for Colorado

Partners for Colorado is organized as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation created to engage a diverse group of people from all over Colorado; ensure a smooth hand-off from the Ritter administration to the Hickenlooper administration; review the current performance, challenges and opportunities of each major area of state government and develop recommendations for improving practices within these areas; provide recommendations to the incoming administration for specific executive and legislative actions that can be pursued during the administration’s first 100 days; and recruit and evaluate candidates.

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