Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 -- Gov. John Hickenlooper today applauded the Colorado Senate for confirming James “Jim” Davis as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety.
The Senate confirmed him Feb. 4 with a vote of 34-0-1.
Davis was previously the Special Agent in Charge of the Denver division of the FBI. His nearly 26-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.
Davis was 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 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.