Assistant Attorney General – Public Safety


Civil Litigation and Employment Law
Position Number:
Salary Range:
$7,100.00 - $9,000.00 Monthly
Apply By:
Thursday, May 4, 2023, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Corrections and Public Safety
Job Location:
1300 N Broadway Denver, CO 80235
Release Date:
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Employment Type:
Position Type:
Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!

The Department of Law/Office of the Attorney General (DOL), Civil Litigation and Employment Section has a unique opportunity for an experienced attorney to work for the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS), the Divisions within CDPS: the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Division of Criminal Justice, the Division of Fire Prevention and Control, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; and all other CDPS Boards, Commissions and offices (“Public Safety Agencies”). This position offers the opportunity to provide a broad spectrum of legal counsel to Public Safety Agencies, including daily legal advice and guidance to CDPS executive management and staff on a broad variety of issues. The attorney in this position will also assist Public Safety Agencies on certain civil and criminal matters in administrative courts, state and federal district, and appellate courts. The role will combine general counsel advice and litigation on behalf of the CDPS with other attorneys in the Section. This position is best suited for an attorney who excels at independently navigating new and unfamiliar issues on a regular basis while engaging as part of a team with other attorneys and staff.



The Civil Litigation and Employment Section, Corrections and Public Safety Unit provides representation to the Colorado Department of Corrections, the Colorado Parole Board, and various divisions of the Colorado Department of Public Safety. This unit represents the State of Colorado in state and federal court, handling primarily civil rights litigation filed in federal court, as well as cases filed in state court concerning matters such as habeas corpus petitions, mandamus petitions, and judicial review of agency rulings. In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide general legal advice to client agencies on a broad variety of topics including policy issues and subpoena or open records requests.
  • Advise Public Safety Agencies on public safety matters;
  • Review rules, statutes, and applicable law to advise Public Safety Agencies with respect to compliance issues;
  • Litigate matters for CDPS in administrative court, state and federal district courts and appellate courts, potentially in collaboration with other attorneys;
  • Interpret new legislation collaboratively with Public Safety Agencies and DOL members;
  • Support Public Safety Agencies in their response to State emergencies;
  • Work with federal and local partners related to funding for State disaster emergencies;
  • Research and draft legal opinions;
  • Review policies, rules, and procedures;
  • Draft Rule memoranda for Solicitor General;
  • Attend Board and Commission meetings;
  • Advise on Board and Commission conduct including applicability of the Colorado Open Meetings Laws, Conflict of Interest, CORA, CCJRA. Conduct mandatory annual training for multiple boards across CDPS;
  • Represent Boards in administrative challenges and hearings;
  • Advise, recommend, and coordinate training specific to current legal issues or areas of concern;
  • Conduct trainings as requested or needed by client;
  • Provide general counsel and advice to CDPS and related agencies on all matters and connecting them with the appropriate specialists within the DOL for further advice and guidance.
  • Work closely with lawyers handling litigation matters, CDPS personnel matters, and other advice matters for CDPS as needed.

This recruitment may be used to fill more than one Assistant Attorney General position in the Department of Law.

Salary note: Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.


Applicants for this position must be:
Applicants must be admitted to the Colorado bar or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar and be in good standing at the time of application. Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application before the first day of employment.
In addition, the strongest candidates will have some, or all of the following skills and attributes:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills and excellent organizational skills
  • Commitment to superior client communication in a fast-paced environment
  • Prior experience working with law enforcement and law enforcement stakeholders
  • Confident in working with clients and developing strong working relationships with clients
  • Developed core litigation skills
  • Ability to independently navigating new and unfamiliar issues on a regular basis while engaging as part of a team with other attorneys and staff
  • Ability to work collaboratively, be a self-starter who is capable of and enjoys working independently, and exercise good judgment as to when to consult teammates and supervisors.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

The Office of the Attorney General offers challenging, interesting, and meaningful work. We are an equal opportunity employer and believe that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. Candidates with diverse qualities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Conditions of Employment
Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
The Public Safety Unit functions on a hybrid work model. New employees are generally expected to work in-office 2-3 days a week. Thursdays are an in-office day for the unit.
Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application and application for Practice Pending Admission before the first day of employment. For more information about admission to the Colorado bar please review information on the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel website.

View the full job announcement for more information and to apply online.

This position is non-classified and is not subject to appeal rights.

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