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Jim Davis, Executive Director

Date appointed: 1/6/11

Senate Committee hearing date: 1/26/11
Senate Committee hearing vote: Passed Committee hearing vote - Unanimously

Senate vote date: February 4, 2011

Senate vote: Confirmed - 34-0-1

Salary: $146,040


"Jim Davis has an exemplary record of service in the most important job of any public official: ensuring the safety of our citizens,” Gov. John 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."


Jim Davis was appointed Executive Director of the Department of Public Safety by Gov. John Hickenlooper in January 2011. Davis supervises the department’s 1,550 employees including the Colorado Bureau of Investigation; the Colorado State Patrol; the Division of Criminal Justice; the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; the Division of Fire Prevention and Control; and the Colorado School Safety Resource Center. Also, he advises the governor and legislature as the officially-designated Homeland Security Advisor.


Prior to his current service, Davis served as Special Agent in Charge of the Denver Division of the FBI. He spent 26 years with the FBI in numerous assignments, including legal attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. He was the senior FBI representative to the U.S. Ambassador and oversaw FBI operations in the Iraqi theater. Davis was Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Indianapolis Division of the FBI when he was assigned to temporary duty assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan.


As SAC in the Denver Division, Davis directed the construction of the new FBI office and served as the senior federal law enforcement official in planning security arrangements for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Davis directed the investigation of the al-Qaeda terrorist plot involving then-Aurora resident Najibullah Zazi, who conspired to target the New York City subway system.


Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and worked as a Certified Public Accountant in Chicago before joining the FBI.


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.