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Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman Announces Senior Staff Appointments

Denver – Today Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced the appointments of Melanie J. Snyder to Chief Deputy Attorney General, and Leora Joseph to Chief of Staff. These appointments follow the departure of previous Chief Deputy, David Blake, who recently accepted an opportunity in private practice.

“David has been an extremely valuable member of my leadership team, and has provided exceptional legal and policy advice on some of the most complex issues facing the State of Colorado,” said Attorney General Coffman.  “I am grateful for his service to our office, and the people of Colorado, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Newly appointed Chief Deputy Attorney General Snyder has been with the Office of the Attorney General since 2008.  Snyder has provided general counsel advice and representation in litigation and on appeal to a number of State clients on a variety of complex issues.  Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, Snyder was the Deputy Attorney General of the Revenue & Utilities Section. Before joining the office, she practiced commercial litigation in large and small firms in Denver. Snyder received her J.D. degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and B.A. degrees in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Arizona.

“Melanie has been a stellar Chief of Staff, and her knowledge of the Office of the Attorney General is unparalleled,” said Coffman. “I know that her experience and expertise will make her an exceptional Chief Deputy, and I am grateful for her willingness to take on this critically important role.”

Newly promoted Chief of Staff Joseph is a recent addition to the Office of the Attorney General, having joined the team during the transition process. Joseph received her law degree from McGill University Law School and has 20 years of experience as a criminal prosecutor. Joseph served as a Chief Deputy District Attorney in both Boston and the Denver Metro area.

“Leora has brought a wealth of experience to the office, and will be a huge asset to our team,” said Attorney General Coffman. “Her lifelong commitment to public service, and her extensive management experience makes her uniquely prepared to take on the role of Chief of Staff. I am excited that she has chosen to join our team in this leadership position.”

The staffing changes will be effective August 7, 2017


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Annie Skinner
Colorado Attorney General’s Office