Director John Camper
With a law enforcement career spanning nearly four decades, CBI Director John Camper joins the Bureau having most recently served as the Chief of Police for the Grand Junction Police Department. Camper served as the Grand Junction Police Department Chief since February, 2010. Prior to that he served as a member of the Lakewood Police Department for nearly 29 years, beginning in 1981. In addition to many years of patrol work, he served as Public Information Officer, Crime Prevention Agent, Crimes against Children Detective, SWAT Team Hostage Negotiator, Theft Investigations Sergeant, Internal Affairs Sergeant, and several assignments as a Police Commander. Appointed to Division Chief in 2004, Camper led the Support Services Division and later the Patrol Division.
Camper has a Master of Business Administration in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Management from Colorado State University. He has been elected incoming president of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (effective June 2018) and has served in leadership positions on numerous boards and committees, including the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST), Law Enforcement Latino Alliance (LELA), Grand Junction Regional Communication Center Board, Emergency Telephone Service Authority Board, City of Lakewood Victim Compensation Board, the Colorado Information Sharing Consortium, Grand Junction Air Show Board, and Hilltop Community Resources, Inc.
Deputy Director Chris Andrist
Criminal Justice Information Systems
As a Deputy Director for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), I am responsible for the overall administration for the agency and all Criminal Justice Information Systems maintained in the Support Services Division.
I have worked in law enforcement for nearly 25 years, beginning with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in 1991. My tenure began in the Criminalistics Unit working in all areas of Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation. In 1999, I was promoted to the Criminalistics Manager’s Position overseeing the Crime Lab, Evidence/Property Unit, and the Identification Unit.
In 2001, I moved to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation where I was assigned to the Investigations Section as a field agent in the Major Crimes Unit specializing in computer crime investigation and examination. In 2010, I was promoted to the rank of Agent In Charge and was assigned to the Off Site Investigations Unit and later to the Organized Crime/Gaming Unit.
I received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and attended numerous training courses conducted by the FBI, United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies involving multiple facets of the public safety field during the course of my career.
In 1999, I co-authored the Mass Crime Scene Handbook. I am a member of the International Association for Identification, NecroSearch International, and the Colorado State Investigators Association.
Deputy Director Jan Girten
I am honored and privileged to serve the state as the Deputy Director of Forensic Services. In that capacity, I am accountable for all work performed and the staff members for all of our regional and satellite laboratories. Our regional full service laboratories are located in Denver, Grand Junction, and Pueblo, with satellite locations in Boulder, Durango, Greeley, and Montrose. Those facilities are responsible for collection and preservation of evidence at the crime scene and the subsequent analysis of that evidence.
I was born and raised in the Windy City—Chicago—and spent 22 ½ years with the Illinois State Police in a variety of positions, from Group Supervisor of the Latent Print section to the Deputy Laboratory Director of the Forensic Science Center at Chicago. Over the 6 ½ years as a Deputy Laboratory Director, I was responsible for Criminalistics (Latent Finger Prints, Firearms, Toolmarks, Footwear), Forensic Biology/DNA (collection and analysis of body fluids for the presence of genetic material used for identification purposes), Microscopy (the examination of hairs, fibers and miscellaneous debris), Trace Chemistry (including paint analysis, arson/fire debris, glass analysis, gun shot residue), and Drug Chemistry (analysis of cannabis and all controlled substances). I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. Francis University in Joliet, Illinois.
In addition to my work experience and formal education, I have spent the last 13 years as a trained inspector for both the ASCLD/LAB Legacy and ASCLD/LAB International Programs. ASCLD/LAB is the laboratory accreditation board for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and is solely responsible for overseeing the voluntary accreditation process for crime laboratories.
Deputy Director Chris Schaefer has been a member of the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS) since 1995. After serving nine years as a trooper with the Colorado State Patrol, Deputy Director Schaefer was hired by the CBI as an agent to serve in the Major Crimes Section of Investigations beginning in 2004.
He was later promoted to Agent in Charge overseeing the Biometrics, Identification and Records Unit, the team responsible for managing the state’s fingerprint system, and the administration of public background checks and employment background checks for nearly 70 professions across Colorado.
During his sterling CBI career, Deputy Director Schaefer has served as an active member of a number of boards and associations from the Colorado Homicide Investigators Association to the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association. He was also named the CBI’s 2015-16 Outstanding Employee of the Year.