Director Michael Rankin
Mike Rankin was selected to serve as the Director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the summer of 2015 and sworn into office on August 3, 2015. He comes to the CBI with more than two decades of law enforcement and leadership experience. As the CBI Director, Mike leads one of the state’s primary criminal justice agencies and supports more than 250 employees working in the critical public safety areas of criminal justice information, forensic services, and investigations.
Prior to Mike’s arrival at the CBI, he served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the FBI’s Denver Division with oversight responsibilities for the FBI’s criminal, critical incident response, and administrative programs throughout Colorado and Wyoming. During his 24 year career with the FBI, Mike also served in leadership and investigative positions in Salt Lake City, Washington D.C., San Diego, Italy, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and Baghdad, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
A graduate of the University of Wyoming, Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and later his Juris Doctor. He is involved with numerous public service and charitable organizations, to include his recent membership with the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA).
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 Ted Mink
With a law enforcement career spanning four decades, Ted Mink brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). As deputy director, Ted is assigned to the Investigations Section to oversee investigative operations throughout the state including offices in Denver, Grand Junction, Pueblo, Montrose and Durango. The CBI Investigations Section provides a full range of criminal investigative assistance to local law enforcement for crimes such as homicide, arson, officer-involved uses of force, sexual assault, burglary, theft and others.
Prior to joining the CBI, Ted served as the Jefferson County Sheriff for 12 years where he lead one of the largest sheriff’s office in the state. During his terms the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office achieved five accredited certifications including CALEA (operations and communications), ACA, ASCLAD and NCCHC (National Commission Corrections Health Care). As sheriff lead many regionalization of services efforts with law enforcement CEO’s to include Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, Regional Forensic Lab, Regional Communications Center and creation of a state of the art Jefferson County Emergency Management Center.
Ted began his policing career in 1973 as a member of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) where he worked as a deputy as part of the Patrol Division. After several months with the BCSO, Ted was hired by the Arvada Police Department where he spent over 29 years as a member of one of Colorado’s largest police departments. Ted served in nearly all ranks during his remarkable career with the APD including patrol officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, commander and deputy chief. He oversaw numerous police programs, and directed unprecedented growth within the organization during his tenure including the creation of the West Metro Drug Task Force (which he commanded), the Jefferson County Regional SWAT TEAM and the building of the Arvada Child Advocacy Center (currently known as Ralston House).
Ted is dedicated to providing the highest quality law enforcement service for CBI’s public safety partners and those who work, live and visit Colorado. His commitment to service is the cornerstone of building solid partnerships throughout the public safety community. Ted looks forward to continuing the traditions of integrity, professionalism and commitment by the men and women of the CBI.