Lieutenant Colonels

Each Lieutenant Colonel brings a vast array of knowledge and dedication to the Colorado State Patrol. The Colorado State Patrol is organized into two regions, each region is commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel. Each Region Commander reports directly to the Deputy Chief, who in turn reports to the Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. A region is comprised of several districts and branches, or with specific sections within the organization of the Patrol.

Region 1 Commander

Lt. Colonel Jon Barba began his career with the Colorado State Patrol in July 1997. His first duty station was in Boulder County, Colorado. He later served as a Trooper and Technician at the Patrol’s Training Academy.  He was promoted to Sergeant in the Operational Development Section and then to Captain in the Smuggling Trafficking and Interdiction Section.  He later transferred back to the Training Academy before being promoted to Major of the Operational Services Branch.  He then transferred to District 3, Northeastern Colorado. On December 1, 2019, Barba was promoted to Lt. Colonel and assigned Region 1 which includes field operations.

Lt. Colonel Barba has had the opportunity to be involved with a number of special events including the 2008 National Democratic Convention and was the incident commander for several Colorado Classic Professional Cycling Races. Lt. Colonel Barba has held many leadership roles throughout the organization and has sat on a number of committees including the Governor’s Tow Rate Task Force and the MOST Committee.

Lt. Colonel Barba is a Colorado native and married with one child. He enjoys showing livestock with his family, cheering for the Denver Broncos and coaching Jiu Jitsu.


Region 2 Commander

Lt. Colonel Joshua Downing began his career with the Colorado State Patrol in July 1998. His first duty station was in Golden, Colorado. He later served as a Trooper and Corporal in Weld County, was promoted to Sergeant and then Captain both in the Hazardous Materials Section, promoted to Major of the Staff Services Branch, and then transferred to the Training Services Branch. On February 1, 2018, Downing was promoted to Lt. Colonel and assigned Region 1 which includes field operations and the Communications Branch.  

Lt. Colonel Downing has played a critical role in the advancement of technology, policy, training and accreditation for the Colorado State Patrol.  Lt. Colonel Downing has held many leadership roles throughout the organization, providing him an advantage to understanding the many intricacies of business processes across the Patrol.

Lt. Colonel Downing has served as an instructor for the Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) program, a chairman for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Level VI program and held numerous other positions on committees that have a national impact on the law enforcement community. Lt. Colonel Downing was recognized with the Citizens Appreciate State Troopers (C.A.S.T.) Award in 2002, and is an alumni of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Lt. Colonel Downing is a Colorado native and married with two children. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends and coaching football.  

Region 3 Commander

Lt. Colonel Barry Bratt has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement and currently serves as the Region Two Commander for the Colorado State Patrol.  Region 2 encompasses the Logistics Liaison, the Motor Carrier Services Branch, and the Criminal Investigations Branch.

Lt. Colonel Bratt has served as the District Four Commander where he oversaw Patrol operations for Northwestern Colorado, which includes eleven counties with a combined population of over 304,000 people and nearly 23,000 square miles.   Prior to that, he was the District Five Commander in Southwestern Colorado, which is comprised of seventeen counties with a combined population of 219,000 people and over 23,000 square miles.  He has also served as the Captain of the Patrol’s Homeland Security branch, The Troop 4C Commander in Glenwood Springs, the Sergeant in charge of Motorcycle Operations, and as Trooper in both Motorcycle Operations and Troop 1D in Adams County. 

Prior to the Colorado State Patrol, Lt. Colonel Bratt worked for the Westminster Police Department.

Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to manage and supervise a multitude of special events ranging from small community events to large events encompassing multiple days and locations to include; the 2002 Olympic Torch Relay, Presidential escorts, Air Shows, the inaugural running of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2011, and the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships.

Lt. Colonel Bratt currently serves as the Chairperson of the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial Committee.  He has been a past President of both the Western Colorado Peace Officers Association and the Four States Peace Officers Association and is the past Chairperson of the State Traffic Records Advisory Committee.  He has served as a subject matter expert for the NHTSA Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria 3rd, 4th, and 5th editions, as well as the NHTSA Model Performance Measures for State Traffic Records Systems.  Barry also chaired the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Data Emphasis working group in 2014.  He has served as part of the Northwest Incident Management Team as an Incident Commander as is State of Colorado Certified as a Type 3 Incident Commander.  Barry is a graduate of Session 263 of the FBI’s National Academy and Northwestern’s School of Police Staff and Command.