DENVER — Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Michael Dougherty as district attorney to Colorado’s Twentieth Judicial District. He fills a vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Stan Garnett.
Dougherty served for 12 years as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where he held supervisory positions including Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit, and was responsible for the management, budget, and personnel of the District Attorney’s Office while continuing to prosecute serious cases (1997-2010). In 2010, he moved to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office to lead the Colorado DNA Justice Review Project. He later was promoted to serve as the head of the Criminal Justice Section. Currently, Dougherty serves in the District Attorney’s Office for Jefferson and Gilpin Counties. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Dougherty’s appointment is effective March 1, 2018.