Proven Conservative Leadership
Colonel, Colorado Army National Guard (2015-Current)
United States Army Reserve (1996-2015)
District Attorney, 18th Judicial District (2013-Current; Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln Counties)
Created unprecedented and unmatched accessibility to the public and media on issues of accountability, including budget, open records and civil asset forfeitures.
Made all office expenditures and budget requests available to the public online, as well as all monies spent of the Aurora Theater Shooting case and expenditures of money from forfeited assets.
Requested that the Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln Boards of County Commissioners cut my salary to the lowest in Colorado, despite responsibility for the largest office in the most populous jurisdiction in Colorado.
Although our caseload has increased significantly, the office budget grew less than the budgets of the State of Colorado, the Public Defender’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, the Treasurer’s Office and the District Attorneys’ Offices in Denver, Boulder and others.
As the exclusive prosecution authority for state crimes committed in this jurisdiction, created a Domestic Violence Unit to develop prosecution specialists who can get justice in these difficult cases.
Launched the second-in-the-state Veterans Treatment Court in 2013 for veteran offenders struggling with service-related trauma issues.
Established a Human Trafficking Team to aggressively tackle this burgeoning crime of sexual slavery against some of the most vulnerable in our community.
Created a Cold Case Unit to try to make sure that those who commit the worst crimes cannot walk away from them forever.
Personally led the prosecution of the Aurora Theater Massacre, arguably the largest, most logistically challenging and most scrutinized trial of its kind ever in Colorado.
Recruited and hired eight actively drilling Reservists and Guardsmen, from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. Several have deployed to war zones.
Provided leadership with the state legislature to pass laws protecting citizens and opposing laws that make our communities less safe.
Joined the Colorado District Attorneys Association and became its elected President (2015-2016)